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    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden proposed sweeping immigration reform that would create a pathway for citizenship to 11 million people in this country illegally. The proposed law would also protect Dreamers, allowing them to apply for citizenship in three years. But is this the right time for such a measure? And...
    Jim DeFede took a closer look at the two central themes of Joe Biden’s inaugural address: unity and truth. Can Joe Biden unite a divided country especially given the spread of lies and disinformation? DeFede discussed the challenges Biden is facing with Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Politics and Public Interest,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — We are awaiting a judge’s ruling in a federal lawsuit held in Miami, asking that Florida Senate Bill 168, outlawing so-called ‘sanctuary cities’, be declared unconstitutional. The bill requires local law enforcement help federal agents round up undocumented immigrants. There were no sanctuary cities in our state. Critics say the bill led...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Jim DeFede interviews Congresswoman Frederica Wilson about the deadly insurrection at the Capitol and the impeachment vote in the House against President Donald Trump plus Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TRENDING ON CBSMIAMI.COM Fired Florida Data Scientist Rebekah Jones Turning Herself In After Arrest Warrant Issued Reports Of Unexplained Shaking...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Congressman Ted Deutch in the aftermath of the crisis at the Capitol. They discussed about moving forward with impeachment, invoking the 25th Amendment and the president’s refusal to attended the Biden inauguration. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Macy’s To Close 45 More Stores In 2021, Including Two In Florida Death Of South Florida Doctor...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Jared Moskowitz, the president of Florida Emergency Management, about all things COVID vaccine, including his defense of the state rollout to this point. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Macy’s To Close 45 More Stores In 2021, Including Two In Florida Death Of South Florida Doctor Who Took Coronavirus Vaccine Being Investigated South Florida Seniors...
    Jim DeFede interviewed the former congressman on how U.S. policy toward Cuba is likely to change when Joe Biden becomes president.
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Jared Moskowitz, the director of Florida Emergency Management to talk about, among other things, the vaccine rollout in South Florida and statewide.
    Jim DeFede interviewed Miami-Dade County’s newest commissioner, Danielle Cohen Higgins. She was appointed earlier this week to fill the seat made vacant when Daniella Levine Cava was elected county mayor last month.
    Jim DeFede and the outgoing congresswoman discussed, among other things, her election loss to former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and what’s next for her. GUEST: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell More from CBSMiami.com Sun Sentinel Investigation: Gov. Ron DeSantis Has Mislead Public On Pandemic Since Day 1 Man Accused Of Stealing Baby Pacifier Turns Out To Be...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Velez about the extreme challenges of providing food during a pandemic to the thousands who are now living with food insecurity. The two also discussed, among other things, how prepared they are for the next three weeks leading up to the holidays. GUEST: Feeding South Florida CEO...
    As Thanksgiving approaches, and COVID surges, Jim DeFede spoke with FIU’s Dr. Aileen Marty. The infectious disease specialist shared, among other things, her concerns and what all of us need to be doing to stay safe.
    Newly-elected Broward Public Defender Gordon Weekes and Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor held their first joint interview with Jim DeFede. They focused on this new era in the county, including their priorities and their takes on justice reform.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The race in the 27th Congressional District is a rematch between Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala and Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. Shalala won that race in 2018. Before that she served as Health and Human Services secretary during Bill Clinton’s Presidency and was the former president of the University of Miami. Salazar is...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is being challenged for her District 26 seat in Washington by Carlos Gimenez, the soon to be former Miami-Dade mayor. Before her interview, Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede moderated a debate between Daniella Levine Cava and Steve Bovo, who are in the running for Gimenez’s old job....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade mayoral candidates Daniella Levine Cava and Steve Bovo went head-to-head Sunday on a special debate edition of Facing South Florida. Host Jim DeFede moderated the debate, starting with the topic of county core services. DEFEDE: I want to start, because I think one of the issues that I want to try...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch. The two discussed, among other things, the importance of Democrats keeping the focus on the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Jim DeFede interviewed Mercedes Schlapp, a senior advisor for the Trump campaign. Prior to that, from September 2017 to July 2019, Schlapp served as White House Director of Strategic Communications. Schlapp is a Cuban-American born here in South Florida.
    Jim DeFede focused on Amendment 4, one of the more controversial amendments on the ballot. It requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one. This would make it incredibly difficult for ordinary citizens to make any future changes to the state’s...
    Jim DeFede focused on Amendment 3, which is dubbed “All Voters Vote.” Amendment 3 is one of the more controversial amendments on the ballot as it would open up the state’s primary system. Right now, only registered Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and only Republicans can vote in Republican primaries. As a result, at...
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Democratic State Rep. Javier Fernandez. Fernandez is running for the Florida State Senate District 39, which encompasses Monroe County and parts of southern and western Miami-Dade County. Fernandez is facing Ana Maria Rodriguez in what’s one of the most hotly contested State Senate race in Florida. The two had agreed...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala, who is seeking a second term in November. The congresswoman, among other things, responded to some of the allegations made by her opponent Maria Elvira Salazar last week on Facing. All this comes ahead of a planned debate later in the month between the two candidates. GUEST: Rep....
    Jim DeFede interviewed Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. The focus of the conversation was the coronavirus. More specifically, they discussed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ initiation of Phase 3 reopening and the blocking of city and county leaders from enforce mask mandates and social distancing. This is becoming even more of a hot-button issue with the news...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, who is challenging the incumbent Democrat Donna Shalala in November to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District in Washington. Salazar was also her party’s nominee in the 27th District in 2018, losing the general election to Shalala. GUEST: Maria Elvira Salazar
    Jim DeFede interviewed Marlon Hill, the former president of the Caribbean Bar Association, about the importance of the Caribbean vote here in South Florida.
    Jim DeFede interviewed Luisa Santos, a first-time candidate for a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board. Santos is running against Dennis Moss, a longtime Miami-Dade commissioner who is leaving the commission due to term limits.
    It was 25 years ago that 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce was abducted in the Redland, and murdered. His legacy lives on through the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction. This week’s edition of Facing South Florida focused on the nonprofit created by Jimmy’s parents, Don and Claudine, which provides bloodhounds at no charge to...
    Eliott Rodriguez had an extended conversation with State Sen. Jason Pizzo about the state’s unemployment system and the problems it has been experiencing since the pandemic took hold. The Democrat from Florida’s 38th District, which covers much of Miami-Dade County, also shared what he has done to personally help out-of-work Floridians. GUEST: State Sen. Jason...
    Eliott Rodriguez went one-on-one with Bo Boulenger, the executive vice president and COO of Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest nonprofit healthcare system. The two discussed the pandemic, how Baptist’s frontline health care workers are coping and the much-needed help they say they got from Gov. Ron DeSantis. GUEST: Bo Boulenger, Baptist Health South...
    This is the last Sunday of the year where an NFL game will not be played, barring cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Miami Dolphins hit the field at Hard Rock Stadium on September 20th, they’ll do so in front of a smaller crowd of fans. CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana spoke with Todd Boyan,...
    There’s less than a month left to register if you plan to vote in November. In-person voting may look different with safety guidelines in place, so many may be considering mail-in voting. But how do you make sure your vote counts? CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana spoke to voting rights attorney and member of the Miami Board...
    The sight of dozens of dead fish along the shore of Biscayne Bay in Miami is revealing the depths of the problem in the water. Decisions we make on land are impacting life in the water. Miami Waterkeeper is a local nonprofit working to ensure swimmable, drinkable and fishable water for all. CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana...
    Immigration advocate Maria Rodriguez is the executive director of FLIC Votes. She offered her reaction to claims made by Republicans during their convention. GUEST: Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of FLIC Votes
    State Sen. Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, gave one of the nominating speeches for President Trump. He joined Jim DeFede to discuss the themes of the Republican National Convention. GUEST: State Sen. Joe Gruters
    Jim DeFede interviewed Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez about her Republican National Convention speech. During the speech, she recounted her family’s immigration story and repeatedly warned that American would head down a path of socialism in a Biden/Harris administration. They also discussed the state of the 2020 race. GUEST: Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with the freshman Democratic congresswoman, seeking a second term in the seat she took two years ago from Carlos Curbelo. In November, she will be challenged by outgoing Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Harold Pryor, the surprise winner of the Democratic primary for Broward state attorney. He is expected to almost certainly take on that role after the November general election.
    In this special Facing segment, we hear directly from ICU nurses in the Jackson COVID unit. They an unprecedented look at what life is really like for health workers on the front lines. You will hear their fears, their anguish and their pain. The documentary-style report reveals an important part of the pandemic story that...
    Jim DeFede devoted the entire half-hour to his sit-down exclusive interview with the governor. It was Gov. DeSantis’ first formal interview since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. DeFede poses questions to the governor on a variety of topics, including the state’s handling of the pandemic, the state’s flawed unemployment system, the upcoming school year and...
    This week’s Facing South Florida focused the race for Miami-Dade County mayor. DeFede devoted the first half of the program to a one-on-one interview with mayoral candidate and current Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. The second half of the program was DeFede’s one-on-one interview with mayoral candidate and current Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo. Seven candidates...
    Alex Penelas sat down with Jim DeFede to explain why he’s in the race to get his old job back as Miami-Dade County mayor. He also talked about why he’s best suited and what he would do to manage crises, such as the coronavirus pandemic. DeFede also pressed him on controversies during his time as...
    Jim DeFede spoke with Fedrick Ingram, the president of the Florida Education Association, about the lawsuit they brought against Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has pushed to reopen schools in the fall. Ingram discussed the resources schools will need if and when students and teachers return to in-person learning. He also explained why the threat of...
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Roger Stone, who this week would have begun serving his prison were it not for him being granted clemency by President Trump. GUEST: Roger Stone
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Sen. Marco on a variety of topics. There was an emphasis on the coronavirus epidemic, including the future of the soon-to-expire $600 weekly benefit for the unemployed. Sen. Rubio and DeFede also discussed what he thinks schools might look like in the fall in Florida. GUEST: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Xavier Suarez, Miami’s first Cuban-born mayor, current Miami-Dade County commissioner and candidate to succeed Carlos Gimenez as mayor of Miami-Dade County. As the August primary nears, DeFede and Suarez tackled a variety of topics, including how he would handle the coronavirus crisis if he were Miami-Dade’s mayor. GUEST: Xavier Suarez,...
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with the president and CEO of Jackson Health System on the intensifying coronavirus concerns at his hospitals as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge. GUEST: Carlos Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Melba Pearson, the former deputy director of the Florida ACLU. Pearson will be challenging Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade’s longtime state attorney, in the upcoming primary. GUEST: Melba Pearson, Candidate for Miami-Dade State Attorney
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Martha Baker, the head of the union that represents more than 5,000 Jackson Health employees. She offered an eye-opening perspective on concerns about the spike in cases and the impact that will have on hospitals in accommodating those who need care. She also touched on how this is already affecting...
    Washington is taking notice on racism in America and police reform – and so is South Florida. Eliott Rodriguez participated in a virtual roundtable meeting hosted by two members of Congress who represent our area. Local protestors, activists and community leaders were among those participated. GUESTS: Rep. Ted Deutch, (D) Florida 22nd District Rep. Lois...
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