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Florida Politicians Vote Against Drivers License Bill – We Continue Fighting Back!

– Alicia Gazga


Raíces in Tampa has struggled the past two years for all undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Florida; we had meetings with members of the city council of the City of Tampa. Then got together with five of the seven members who seemed very supportive of the idea of ​​giving licenses to the undocumented, they privately, told us they would sign our resolution showing their support. When we finally attended a City Council Meeting and put our drivers license resolution up to a vote, the City Council acted as if Raíces in Tampa did not know we were talking, typical politicians! They lied by saying they had never seen our resolution and when confronted with having them show support – they backed out. As Raíces in Tampa we understand how City Council will take to opportunism and be against the people of their own city (undocumented or not).

As recently as April 2015, City Council and Tampa City Mayor Bob Buckhorn publicly SIGNED their support in favor of DAPA (the November 2014 executive action of the President)! Time and time again, City Council members like Charlie Miranda have said that City Council cannot and would not support anything outside of the “power of City Council” – giving the excuse that a State of Florida matter was outside of their jurisdiction and even further, that licenses should be attacked through a national angle. But with the recent DAPA support they both signed, they very publicly acknowledge that they INDEED DO have the ability to sign their support in areas outside of the City of Tampa. Raíces in Tampa agrees that supporting DACA and DAPA is a great step for Tampa and Florida, but why are Bob Buckhorn and City Council remaining silent and not supportive of licenses? Their logic makes no sense and their behavior contradicts their own excuses! Raíces in Tampa demands they both do something locally, NOT give us more excuses.

In Tallahassee last week politicians voted against the SB300 bill that would give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Florida, and while some say the law was for “safer roads”, Raíces in Tampa continues in the overall struggle for equality! We demand drivers licenses for all of the undocumented immigrants in Florida! The problem is not unsafe roads, we the undocumented, are not the ones who make roads unsafe! The government and politicians can not cover the sun with a finger and attempt to make us think we cannot see through their lies and excuses. Drivers licenses are a basic necessity; to go to work with our heads held high, having an ID to say ‘I am valid’, take our children to school, go to church, all without fear! We demand liberation and equality, not repression and deportations.

SB300 died this year but that does not mean Raíces in Tampa will stop fighting, we will continue pressuring the City of Tampa to support us and the undocumented, we will continue collecting signatures and seeking support from our city. We will continue pressuring Mayor Bob Buckhorn. We want legalization for all and drivers licenses in the state of Florida. Please follow us as we plan our next steps for licenses. Yes we can!

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Raíces en Tampa to Host Immigration Panel – April 2nd @USF



There was a time when all you heard from immigrants rights groups was: Let’s Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform or CIR!
Whatever happened with CIR? Did it pass? Did it die?
Why are some people calling President Barack Obama the “Deporter In Chief”?
And then others are calling Republic Speaker Boehner the “REAL Deporter In Chief”?
What is behind each of these movements and why are we all saying different things?

There are some immigrants rights groups who exclusively organize around stopping the deportations and they go through great lengths to stop them from happening. Some include what is on our flyer, a human chain attempting to stop a deportation bus. What happened to them? Where are they now?

During this very special and important Immigration Panel, you will hear from a group of people who have
been leading the immigration movement in the country, the state of Florida and even the city of Tampa.

Some of our speakers include:

Professor Masao Suzuki from San Jose, California
Involved in the Civil Rights movement for immigrants right and advocate for Japanese as well as Asian Americans, Professor Suzuki has been helping pave the way for immigrants rights while tying it all in with Economics.

Marisol Marquez of Raíces en Tampa
Working with Raíces en Tampa, Marisol’s struggle has been a mighty push to stop deportations in Florida.
One of her goals is also fighting for Legalization for ALL undocumented immigrants.

Veronica Juarez of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society
Tampa Bay SDS’s campaign this year was to fight for in-state tuition for all undocumented immigrants! Hear from Veronica about the updates on that bill and how the work for tuition equity was organized!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn the real reasons behind the immigration movements and
what YOU can do to: STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!

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Raíces en Tampa invites you to our very first meeting – TONIGHT @7pm!

You’ve heard us on the radio, and you’ve seen us on your facebook feed! Who is the group behind Driver’s Licenses for ALL Undocumented – Florida? It’s Raíces en Tampa!

Raíces or “Roots” is an organization started in Tampa, Florida that is dedicated and committed in uniting all Latin@ communities of Tampa through the education of our histories; as well as empowering us all to take action. Together we will fight against the existing immigration system which separates families, punishes immigrant workers, the undocumented and by extension, other oppressed peoples. Our first mission has been to tackle on the big feat of obtaining Driver’s Licenses for ALL UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.

Support has been big since day one, and so far the list of supporters include:
DREAMers Moms Orlando
DREAMers Moms Miami
DREAMers Moms Dallas
DREAMers Moms Arizona
DREAMers Moms Utah
Students for a Democratic Society
United Families in Miami
Consulado Mexicano – Orlando, and more!

Our plans are concrete and we are excited to share them with you, TONIGHT @7pm. The location of our meeting is: 6704 Hanley Rd. Tampa, FL 33634

If you wish to show your support but are unable to attend, please email us at to be sent email notifications of any upcoming actions. You are also encouraged to sign and share our online petition:

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Raíces en Tampa los invita a nuestra primera reunión – HOY @7:00pm!

Nos has escuchado en la radio, y nos has visto en tu facebook feed ! ¿Quién es el grupo detrás de Licencias de conducir para indocumentados TODO – Florida? Es Raíces en Tampa !

Raíces o “Raíces” es una organización fundada en Tampa , Florida, que está dedicado y comprometido en la unión de todas las comunidades latinas de Tampa a través de la educación de nuestras historias , así como el empoderamiento de todos nosotros a tomar medidas. Juntos vamos a luchar contra el sistema actual de inmigración que separa a las familias, castiga a los trabajadores inmigrantes, indocumentados y, por extensión a otras personas similares. Nuestra primera misión ha sido la de hacer frente a la gran hazaña de la obtención de licencias de conducir para todos los inmigrantes indocumentados .

El apoyo ha sido grande desde el primer día , y hasta el momento la lista de los partidarios incluye:
Dreamers Moms Orlando
Dreamers Moms Miami
Dreamers Moms Dallas
Dreamers Moms Arizona
Dreamers Moms Utah
Estudiantes por una Sociedad Democrática
Familias Unidas en Miami
Consulado Mexicano – Orlando , y más!

Nuestros planes son concretos y estamos muy contentos de compartir con ustedes , esta noche a las 7pm . La ubicación de nuestra reunión es : 6704 Hanley Rd . Tampa, FL 33634

Si desea mostrar su apoyo, pero no puede asistir , por favor envíenos un email a para ser enviado notificaciones por correo electrónico de todas las acciones futuras . También se les invita a firmar y compartir nuestra petición en línea :

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