Friday, May 25, 2018
Editorials

Editorial: Pinellas sheriff seeks solutions on undocumented immigrants

Rather than trading verbal jabs with the Trump administration over how to deal with suspected undocumented immigrants, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is working on solutions. Gualtieri is talking with federal officials about how local law enforcement officials can legally hold prisoners for Immigration and Customs Enforcement without violating their constitutional rights. It's a serious issue, and it's smarter to reach a consensus on proper procedure than to escalate tensions between some sheriffs and federal officials.

In the past, ICE has insisted local sheriffs should hold prisoners arrested on local charges until they can show up and determine whether the prisoners are in the country illegally. President Donald Trump even issued an executive order in January that called on local police and sheriffs to double as immigration officers, which is not their job. Labeling communities as sanctuary cities if they do not blindly heed federal demands and threatening to withhold federal money also is not helpful.

As the Tampa Bay Times' Tony Marrero reports, Gualtieri has been working diligently for months to seek a solution. The Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco sheriffs' offices accept ICE civil warrants to hold someone for 48 hours. The Broward and Alachua sheriffs do not. Gualtieri uses an additional procedure to rebook detainees into jail on immigration charges if ICE provides a detainer request and warrant but does not arrive by the time the detainee can be released on local charges. That puts the responsibility squarely on federal officials rather than the sheriff, which is where it belongs.

In the best scenario, ICE would have a judge sign their warrants and show up on time to take custody of suspected undocumented immigrants. That would take a change in federal policy and more financial resources. But the key is for ICE and local sheriffs to reach a consensus on dealing with undocumented immigrants that is both legal and feasible — and it's good that Gualtieri is a key voice in the discussion.

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Editorial: Filling Rocky Point lagoon to build townhomes is an empty-headed idea

Editorial: Filling Rocky Point lagoon to build townhomes is an empty-headed idea

One of the worst ideas in a long time in the field of urban planning received a blessing this month when the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission approved a land-use change for a project that calls for filling three acres of water insi...
Published: 05/25/18
Editorial: Trump right to cancel North Korea talks on nuclear weapons

Editorial: Trump right to cancel North Korea talks on nuclear weapons

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Updated: 6 hours ago

NFL kneels before the altar of profits

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Published: 05/24/18
Editorial: Banks still need watching after easing Dodd-Frank rules

Editorial: Banks still need watching after easing Dodd-Frank rules

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Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Another voice: The chutzpah of these men

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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Editorial: Candor key step to restoring trust at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute

Editorial: Candor key step to restoring trust at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute

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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Editorial: Tampa Bay House members fail to stand up to Big Sugar

Editorial: Tampa Bay House members fail to stand up to Big Sugar

Big Sugar remains king in Florida. Just three of the state’s 27 House members voted for an amendment to the farm bill late Thursday that would have started unwinding the needless government supports for sugar that gouge taxpayers. Predictably, the am...
Published: 05/18/18
Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Editorial: Bondi holds drug industry accountable for Florida opioid crisis

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s lawsuit against the nation’s largest drug makers and distributors marks a moment of awakening in the state’s battle to recover from the opioid crisis. In blunt, forceful language, Bondi accuses these companies of ...
Published: 05/18/18
Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestra’s violin program for at-risk kids

Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestra’s violin program for at-risk kids

This is music to the ears. Members of the Florida Orchestra will introduce at-risk students to the violin this summer at some Hillsborough recreation centers. For free.An $80,000 grant to the University Area Community Development Corp. will pay for s...
Published: 05/17/18
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Trump backs off China tariff threat as China pumps money into a Trump family project

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In barely six weeks, President Donald Trump has gone from threatening to impose $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods to extending a lifeline to ZTE, a Chinese cell phone company that violated U.S. sanctions by doing business with Iran and North K...
Published: 05/17/18