Supplies gathered for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico

The Ana G. Mendez University Campus in Miami Lakes has become a hub for volunteers from several agencies that are banding together for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

On Sunday afternoon there were stacks of bottled water, diapers, canned foods and other supplies to be sent to the U.S. territory. 

“Everybody in South Florida has helped us,” Natascha Otero Santiago, an organizer for the donations, said. “Since Friday, we have been receiving donations and we have possibly 20 to 25 tons (of supplies).”

Volunteers are now needed at a warehouse at 15201 NW 79th Court in Miami Lakes to assist with the loading and unloading of supplies.

Hurricane Maria devastated the island by knocking out power and impacting the water supply.

At least 10 people have died in the storm’s aftermath, and authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the island off the grid.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello met with more than 50 mayors and representatives from across Puerto Rico on Saturday. Some described the conditions in their communities as “apocalyptic” and said there have been incidents of looting in both homes and stores.

“We know a little more today than we did yesterday,” Rossello said. “This is going to be a long road.”

On the northwest part of the island, authorities had to physically go to thousands of residents to warn them of a potential dam collapse near the Guajataca River.

Volunteers are hoping to help those on the island get back on their feet.

Anyone who donates water is discouraged from donating large gallon bottles due the difficulty of transporting them. Instead, cases of smaller bottles are preferred.

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South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

The Dolphins returned home Sunday from a disappointing game in New York.

Throughout the NFL on game day, there were signs of solidarity. Fans on both sides of the argument Sunday said this should be a time for unity, not divisiveness.

Players took a knee and linked arms in an attempt to make a statement about injustice in the U.S., and directly taking on President Donald Trump, who just days earlier said anyone who kneels during the National Anthem should be kicked off the field and fired.

Sunday, the president tempered those comments but maintained his position that taking a knee shows disrespect.

“We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said. “And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Fans around the country have fallen on both sides of the argument.

“These are peaceful protests,” Brian Wright, who supports the protests, said. “All they’re doing is kneeling, showing their displeasure with the way things are in the country right now.”

“You can’t just come in here and kneel and expect changes,” Shaun Wright, who is against the protests, said. “What it’s actually doing is inciting disrespect to our flag, the police, our government.”

Jesus Harte and Jamal Jenkins have a unique perspective on the issue. Both men are Marine Corps veterans, with 20 years of service between them. They’re also both black men who have witnessed injustices first-hand U.S.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions at the same time, but I like what they’re doing,” Harte said of the protests.

“Would I take the knee or would I stand for the flag?” Jenkins said. “(I) take off my hat but yet still raise my black fist in the air. Alright? I’m still representing multiple fronts. Respect for this, love for the country, but also that I still stand for injustice.”

Local 10 News spoke with many people, all of whom expressed feeling that the situation is causing yet another split in the country. But those who supported the protest said they feel like it is the president who is causing the split. Those who are against the protests said it’s the players who are to blame.

 

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Trump administration announces new travel restrictions

The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year.

The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night.

In a statement Sunday night, the White House called the new restrictions a “critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime.”

“We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country,” Trump said in the White House statement. “My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation.”

For the last three months, the administration used an executive order to ban foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the country. Those nations included Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.

Individuals with that “bona fide” exception — such as a foreign grandparent of a US citizen — can still apply for visas until October 18. After that date, the new restrictions on travel will begin.

The new list of countries notably includes several non-Muslim majority nations, including North Korea and Venezuela. In most instances, travel will be broadly suspended, while in other cases, travelers will have to undergo enhanced screening and vetting requirements.

For instance, foreign nationals from North Korea are banned, but a student from Iran will be allowed in, subject to “enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”

However, no current validly issued green cards, visas or travel documents will be revoked.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that with the new restrictions, “the President is carrying out his duty to protect the American people.”

“The State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner,” Tillerson said. “We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners who share our commitment to national and global security.”

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke also issued a statement, saying President’s proclamation will allow DHS “to better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country.” “The restrictions announced are tough and tailored, and they send a message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security,” Duke said.

The revised travel ban effecting those from six-Muslim majority countries officially expired earlier Sunday.

Trump signed the initial travel ban during his first week in office, but it was met with immediate legal challenges, which have continued to hinder implementation of the full scope of the executive order. The administration released a second version in March, which included substantial changes.

The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the legality of the travel ban next month.

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Trump administration announces new travel restrictions

The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year.

The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night.

In a statement Sunday night, the White House called the new restrictions a “critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime.”

“We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country,” Trump said in the White House statement. “My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation.”

For the last three months, the administration used an executive order to ban foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the country. Those nations included Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.

Individuals with that “bona fide” exception — such as a foreign grandparent of a US citizen — can still apply for visas until October 18. After that date, the new restrictions on travel will begin.

The new list of countries notably includes several non-Muslim majority nations, including North Korea and Venezuela. In most instances, travel will be broadly suspended, while in other cases, travelers will have to undergo enhanced screening and vetting requirements.

For instance, foreign nationals from North Korea are banned, but a student from Iran will be allowed in, subject to “enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”

However, no current validly issued green cards, visas or travel documents will be revoked.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that with the new restrictions, “the President is carrying out his duty to protect the American people.”

“The State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner,” Tillerson said. “We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners who share our commitment to national and global security.”

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke also issued a statement, saying President’s proclamation will allow DHS “to better keep terrorists and criminals from entering our country.” “The restrictions announced are tough and tailored, and they send a message to foreign governments that they must work with us to enhance security,” Duke said.

The revised travel ban effecting those from six-Muslim majority countries officially expired earlier Sunday.

Trump signed the initial travel ban during his first week in office, but it was met with immediate legal challenges, which have continued to hinder implementation of the full scope of the executive order. The administration released a second version in March, which included substantial changes.

The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the legality of the travel ban next month.

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