Nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants live in South Florida

first_imgNearly 500,000 illegal immigrants reside in South Florida,  making it the fifth-largest  metropolitan area with an undocumented population in the United States, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.About 450,000 illegal immigrants reside in the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, Pew found, based on 2014 estimates from government data. About 55,000 live in the city of Miami alone.President Donald J. Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration, signing an executive order last month to cut federal funding for cities and counties considered “sanctuaries” for the undocumented. To avoid the label, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez hastily agreed to hold inmates in local jails for federal immigration agents.South Florida trails other major urban centers that attract scores more of undocumented immigrants. Leading the list are New York and Los Angeles, with 1.2 million and 1 million, respectively. In third and fourth place are Houston (575,000) and Dallas (475,000).last_img read more

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La Liga gets Spanish govt’s green light to resume from June 8

first_imgSpanish football’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from June 8 after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday.All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12, although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training.La Liga has yet to officially confirm a resumption date, although its president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from June 12.“We are very happy with the decision, but it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches… CSD (National Sports Council) and agents involved,” Tebas said on Twitter.“But it is very important to follow the health rules and that the evolution of the pandemic respects us. We cannot let our guards down.”Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European football league to resume on May 16, with matches played without fans.Players in the English Premier League have returned to small group training with their clubs ahead of a possible resumption in June, although nothing has so far been agreed.The Italian government will decide on May 28 if and when the Serie A season can resume.The French season was called off by the government, and Paris St-Germain (PSG) were crowned champions.La Liga was suspended with 11 rounds of fixtures still to be completed.FC Barcelona lead the table, two points above Real Madrid, with Sevilla 11 points back in third-place.In his address on Saturday, Sanchez said that “new horizons” could now open after Spain “has done what it needed to do.”“Spanish football has a huge following, but it will not be the only recreation activity that will return,” he said.Spain is one of the countries worst-affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 28,000 deaths and more than 234,000 cases of infection diagnosed.The daily death toll has been steadily declining, with 56 deaths registered on Friday.Spain has also begun to relax one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns.Already, the provinces of Madrid and Barcelona are set to allow gatherings of up to 10 people from Monday as they move into the first phase of a de-escalation.last_img read more

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After record world medal haul, Simone Biles a face of 2020 Olympics

first_imgLOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biles has not just got the talent. She’s got the character of an Olympic star.There’s the laser-like focus on training, the same easygoing humor which endeared the world to Bolt, and — crucially in the modern era — a savvy social-media style. Few disagree, but Biles hasn’t yet won everyone over.“There’s no need to turn her into some unbeatable queen. If I was 15 years younger, I’d definitely take the fight to the American,” the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina said in comments on the Russian Olympic Committee website Thursday.Khorkina won 20 world championship medals between 1994 and 2001 and held the women’s record until Biles overtook her Tuesday.One record is likely to remain out of Biles’ reach, however. Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won a record 15 Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964. Biles won five Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro, and could add six more next year in Tokyo, but appears highly unlikely to stick around until the 2024 Olympics.However, there’s another record to aim for. Matching her world championship performance from last week would make Biles the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Olympics, and the first female athlete to do so in any sport since East German swimmer Kristin Otto in 1988.After Biles pioneered a new beam dismount and triple-double on the floor this season, her coach Laurent Landi says he favors refining her existing routines for the Olympics over adding yet more upgrades.“I can find plenty of (upgrades), but you need to be realistic and only the medals count at the end,” he said. “We don’t need to show off everything we can do.” In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold medals at last week’s world championships and broke the all-time record of 25 medals by any gymnast, male or female.“She’s just above anything else that we have seen in the sport,” five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci said of Biles on Sunday, praising “the domination that she has toward all the other gymnasts that competed here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles.With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Sunday that Biles’ star status would make gymnastics a must-see event at the Tokyo Olympics.“You can have legends confirming their status as we have just seen with Simone Biles, this amazing performance there on the beam, but you also have new stars,” he said. “Gymnastics has all the ingredients to be top another time, I must say. A top Olympic event in Tokyo.”Despite its dispute with Biles over the scoring for her new double-double beam dismount — its grade was lessened in part so as not to encourage less-skilled gymnasts to attempt the risky move — the International Gymnastics Federation knows Biles is crucial to the sport.Labeling her “wonder woman” and “a hero,” FIG president Morinari Watanabe is keen for Biles not to retire after the Tokyo Olympics. “I hope she will continue after 2020, because she is an excellent athlete,” he said Sunday.Biles is certainly the only athlete who could pull off her look in training at the U.S. nationals in August. She caused a stir with a leotard bearing her surname and a goat’s head picked out in sequins, a nod to “Greatest Of All Time.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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