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He’s Married To An American Citizen And Has An American Son. But He’s Getting Deported Anyway

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–The Musmanno family is in the middle of a horror that is becoming common in immigrant communities around the United States. 

-A loved one is in a ICE jail. And there’s little hope of getting him out. He’s scheduled to be deported. 

-Flavio Musmanno has been sitting in an ICE jail in Ohio since August 28. 

-Flavio is an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the United States since 2000.

Flavio Musmanno and his family.

-Flavio has long worked construction jobs and was well liked by bosses who considered him a hard worker. He followed the work to Seneca County, Ohio. 

-On August 28, he lost his wallet at a gas station. 

-Within an hour, and many of the facts surrounding his arrest are still murky, he was called by an ICE officer and then detained. 

-ICE did not respond to a request for information surrounding Flavio’s arrest. 

-Flavio came to the country from Argentina under the visa waiver program and stayed after it expired. He married his longtime girlfriend Fabiana Zuin in 2017. At the time they were married, Fabiana was a permanent resident who was on the way to receiving her citizenship.

-Fabiana is now a US citizen. 

-The family’s attorney tried to get the arresting officer to push for Flavio’s release. 

-ICE has the legal authority to use discretion and release those they arrest due to extenuating personal circumstances. 

-But the family’s attorney, Linda Osberg-Braun told RISE NEWS that ICE has not been using discretion like they used under the Trump Administration. 

-So despite having an American son and being married to an American wife, Flavio Musmanno is scheduled to be deported back to a country he hasn’t been to in 18 years. 

-And due to the special circumstances involving his entry into the US back in 2000 under the visa waiver program, Flavio does not have a right to be seen by a judge. 

-Unless something changes, Flavio will be deported on October 9th. 

-According to Osberg-Braun, he won’t be able to come back to the US for up to 10 years. 

-The family is raising money to provide for the legal defense of Flavio. 

——Here’s Something Completely Different: ——

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Red Tide Found In Miami-Dade County

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–State officials informed Miami-Dade County leaders late Wednesday that the bacteria that causes red tide has been discovered in the waters off Haulover Beach.

-As a result, Haulover and all other beaches north of the Haulover inlet have been closed until further notice. 

-Miami may get more bad news today: samples taken  from other beaches like South Beach and Crandon Park will be released later today

-Red tide can kill fish and other marine life and can be dangerous to humans. 

——Here’s Something Completely Different: ——

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Scores Of Miamians Protested Salt Bae In Brickell

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–Scores of Miamians came out to protest #SaltBae Wednesday. 

-The protests were sparked by the famous chef’s decision to cook for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Salt Bae’s real name is Nusret Gökçe. He rose to internet fame in 2017 for his salt sprinkling technique. 

-He now has 5 steakhouses around the world- including one in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. 

-Some of the Miami protesters wanted to see a boycott of the steakhouse. 

——Here’s Something Completely Different: ——

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Beloved Captain Jim’s Was Just Reopened By A Member Of Miami’s Seafood Royal Family

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Captain Jim’s has finally reopened after being closed for nearly a year.

The beloved restaurant and fish market has been delivering some of the best fresh seafood in South Florida since 1996. 

It was bought earlier this year by David Garcia. 

David is best known for running La Camaronera in Little Havana. He is from the famed Garcia family. 

-The family has a long history of fishing and being in the seafood business. They run Garcia’s, an historic seafood joint located on the Miami River. 

-David decided to keep Captain Jim’s name because of the near constant phone calls that he says he receives from old customers. 

-“Hopefully I meet everybody’s expectations,” David said in an interview. “I hope to be able to provide customers with fresh seafood and good service- make everybody happy and be a true, local, family restaurant.” 

IF YOU GO: 

Captain Jim’s

12950 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161

Monday to Thursday from 11:30 AM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Sunday from 11:30 AM to 8 PM

(305) 892-2812

——Here’s Something Completely Different: ——

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Palm Beach Restaurant Owner Refuses Service To Diabetic With Service Dog

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Cafe Rosa Luna in Delray Beach has faced criticism after one of its owners refused service to a family of a type 1 diabetic woman who tried to bring in her service dog.

-Upon refusing service, the owner said that while he wouldn’t allow their trained service dog inside, he would allow it if it was working with a blind person.

-That has set off a debate about the future of service animals and whether more rules are needed to prevent these type of incidents.

-The family at the center of the viral video have called for a national registry to help standardize the service dog industry. 

 

Here’s another cool story: 

Here’s Some Of Andrew Gillum’s Boldest Policy Ideas

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Here’s Some Of Andrew Gillum’s Boldest Policy Ideas

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–He’s been called a “radical” who supports “socialist” policies that are dangerous for the state of Florida. But is any of that true?

-We look into Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s boldest policy ideas. 


 

1) He supports legalizing marijuana in Florida and taxing the sales of it to pay for public education. 

2) After being elected, he would immediately expand Medicaid to give healthcare to a million lower income people who currently don’t have it. 

3) In the long-run, he supports a “Medicare for All” universal health care system for Florida. He’d raise corporate taxes to pay for it. 

4) He wants to make Florida the “solar capital” of the country and wants to make the state a leader in combating climate change.

5) He wants to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

6) He supports efforts to abolish ICE

7) He supports an assault weapons ban, mandatory background checks on those who want to purchase a gun, closing the gunshow loophole and banning the purchase and possession of armor piercing bullets. He’s also been taken to court by the NRA due to gun control measures he’s taken as mayor of Tallahassee. He won that suit.

8) He would “suspend” use of the death penalty until he could be assured that it was being applied equally to all, regardless of race. 

9) He would use his executive authority as governor to declare a state of emergency to temporarily suspend Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law for 60 days. He would push for it to be overturned. 

10) While not an official policy, it’s worth noting that he supports impeaching President Donald Trump

Here’s another cool story: 

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Before National Fame, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Started As An Undocumented Immigrant

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This story is part of a new partnership between RISE NEWS and Miami Today to highlight impressive people doing big things across South Florida. To learn more about Alberto Carvalho’s plans for the future of Miami’s public schools: read the story in Miami Today

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Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Inside The Campaign That Brought Down Daphne Campbell

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UPDATED: August 29, 2018- Jason Pizzo defeated Daphne Campbell 54% to 46%.

Originally published: 5:00 AM, August 28, 2018

-Today, in northern Miami-Dade County today, voters go to the polls to decide whether Senator Daphne Campbell will get another four years in office.

-Campbell is one of the most controversial politicians in the state and is fending off a strong challenge from former prosecutor Jason Pizzo.

-An historic figure, Campbell is the first ever Haitian-American elected to the State Senate, but she has also been dogged with serious questions about her lack of ethics and is often at odds with her party on important issues.

-She’s been called a “bigot” by fellow Democrat, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and is suspected to be a secret Republican by the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

-But many believe that she is still the favorite to win today because of her iconic position in the Haitian community. 

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Miami Shores Restaurant Was Forged On The Seas And Written In The Stars

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–Quiet Miami Shores is an unlikely place to find a high-end restaurant that trafficks in international fusion. 

-But that’s where you’ll find Restaurant Côté Gourmet and its owners, Amina and Matteo.

–She was born in Senegal and is a classically trained French and Italian chef and he is a yacht captain who believes deeply in his wife’s unique approach to cooking.

 **IF YOU GO: 

Cote Gourmet, 9999 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138

Sunday: 10 AM to 3 PM

Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM.

——Here’s Something Completely Different: ——

Meet The Three Frenchmen Who Are Taking Over Miami’s Culinary Scene

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Jeff Greene Is Helping Daphne Campbell In The Final Week Of The Campaign

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Updated: 2:27 PM EST- August 22, 2018

–Jeff Greene, a Democratic candidate for Governor has been assisting Senator Daphne Campbell’s struggling campaign in the final days before the August 28th primary election.

-Greene, through his PAC, paid for a slate that endorses Campbell and a series of other local and statewide Democratic candidates. 

–Greene’s action has drawn harsh criticism from many in Miami-Dade Democratic politics.

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Jeff Greene has promised to use his immense wealth to help Democrats beat Republicans up and down the ballot in Florida this year.

But he’s also helping one controversial incumbent Democrat fend off a fellow party member  in a high profile state senate race.

Flyers that claim to be the “Miami-Dade Democratic Slate” feature a headshot of Greene next to popular Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

Below Greene on the endorsement card?

Embattled Senator Daphne Campbell.

“Shame on Jeff Greene that he would do something like this,” Sears said.

Campaign workers for Senator Campbell have been seen passing out the flyers in Miami Shores and Biscayne Park by local community members and by a RISE NEWS reporter at the North Miami Public Library early vote location.

The “Miami-Dade Democratic Slate” flyer was paid for by Greene’s “Florida Defense Fund”, a PAC he set up at the end of July according to public records on the state election website.

And according to a source inside the Greene campaign, Campbell’s ex-husband and current campaign advisor Hubert Campbell is now working as a field organizer for the Palm Beach billionaire.

Greene campaign spokesperson Claire VanSusteren said that Greene has not endorsed a candidate in the race between Campbell and former Miami-Dade assistant State Attorney Jason Pizzo.

VanSusteren also said Greene has never given money to Campbell or Pizzo.

Tangela Sears is a well-known Miami politico and anti-gun violence activist who has strong ties to Congresswoman Wilson.

Sears blasted Greene for paying for the flyer and using Wilson’s picture on it.

“It’s got the Congresswoman’s photo on that to mislead the voters,” Sears told RISE NEWS in a phone interview. “We know that the congresswoman has endorsed Andrew Gillum [in the governor’s race].”

Sears said that this was a political trick that has a long history in Miami politics but that it distracts from real issues facing the community.

“Shame on Jeff Greene that he would do something like this,” Sears said.

She also had choice words for Senator Campbell.

“I guess Daphne Campbell, being desperate, accepted the money,” Sears said. “Campbell will work with any candidate. Loyalty really doesn’t matter to her.”

Senator Campbell is in the middle of a brutal re-election fight with Pizzo.

Slates are common in Miami politics. This one is supportive of Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor and is paid for by Miami politico Willis Howard. It was being passed out by Gillum paid staff at the North Miami Public Library early vote site.

Though she has never lost an election and has been in elected office since 2010, a recent poll shows that Pizzo has a solid lead in the race.

Campbell has had a tough year.

After Hurricane Irma, she was caught texting an FPL lobbyist trying to get him to turn on the power at her home, she has had to face questions about whether she has ever lived in the district that she represents in Tallahassee and has called the police on reporters, twice. She has also confirmed her continued opposition to gay adoption and abortion rights, two stances that many Democrats feel is in direct contradiction to the values of the party.

 “They matter,” Hardemon said. “When those slates get in the hands of older people, who vote right down the line.”

The Greene campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

A source connected to the Greene campaign told RISE NEWS that Hubert Campbell- Senator Campbell’s ex-husband is working for Greene as a field organizer.

A Campbell paid staffer holding the Jeff Greene PAC flyer under her left arm while working the North Miami Public Library early vote site. Photo: RISE NEWS

A source connected to the Greene campaign said that the flyer was generated by local community organizers and paid for by the PAC.

The Greene campaign source said that there is no “suggested or explicit endorsement on those cards”.

State Representative Roy Hardemon said that he wasn’t mad at Greene for paying for the flyer that endorses one of his primary opponents- Joseph Beauvil.

“He’s trying to win the race,” Hardemon said of Greene in a phone call with RISE NEWS. “Typical politics.”

Beauvil told RISE NEWS that he had nothing to do with the flyer.

Despite not being angry at Greene, Hardemon does believe that the slate like the one paid for by the gubernatorial candidate’s PAC, does have a serious impact in elections.

“They matter,” Hardemon said. “When those slates get in the hands of older people, who vote right down the line.”

Senator Campbell’s opponent Jason Pizzo blasted Greene for getting involved in the race.

“I thought Jeff Greene was directing resources to competitive state races to help Democrats, not to indirectly fund one against another,” Pizzo said in a statement to RISE NEWS. “And frankly, funding a slate card with someone who votes against fundamental democratic values, makes this even more confusing.”

Watch Something Else: 

Interview: Jeff Greene Says He’s A “Good Billionaire” Who Can Bring Democrats Back To Power In Florida

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