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Pedro Pan Tony Argiz, right, speaks with Andy, center, a child from Honduras who spent 11 days at the Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Children's Village in Miami after crossing the border unaccompanied and before being reunited with his mother, Yesenia, at right. At left is his stepfather, Manuel. Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

MIAMI  |  Repeating the slogan “Children, yes! Politics, no!” a number of Miami business and community leaders joined voices with Archbishop Thomas Wenski to ask Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop pursuing anti-immigrant policies that hurt both children and Florida’s economy.

Fernandez

Mike Fernandez, chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners and founder of the pro-immigrant IMPAC Fund as well as co-chair of the American Business Immigration Coalition, speaks up for unaccompanied minors during the press conference. "The children we're referring to could have been ours. Those children are someone else's but they should be like ours." He called Gov. Ron DeSantis' actions in trying to shut down the unaccompanied minors shelters "heartless" and decried his lack of common sense in coming to Miami, "the Ellis Island of the South," to promote those policies. Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

The group voiced their views during a press conference held Feb. 10, 2022 at the archdiocesan Pastoral Center, responding to an executive order issued by DeSantis in December that would deny license renewals to centers that shelter unaccompanied minors in Florida. The order affects 16 centers, among them Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Children’s Village, administered by Catholic Charities, whose roots go back to the 1960 Pedro Pan exodus of children from Cuba.

Argiz

Tony Argiz, a Pedro Pan particpant, founder of one of the top 35 accounting firms in the U.S. and board member of the pro-immigrant IMPAC Fund, speaks up for today's unaccompanied minors during the press conference. "The parents sending their kids today are just like my parents. They simply want their children to be safe and live free in a free democracy." Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

padron

Eduardo Padron, president emeritus of Miami Dade College and a Pedro Pan participant, speaks up for today's unaccompanied minors during the press conference. "Let's not allow these children to be used as a political football. Let's stop playing politics with immigrant children." Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Garcia

Elena Muller Garcia, a Pedro Pan who retired after 25 years working for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Palm Beach, speaks up for today's unaccompanied minors during the press conference. "Although their circumstances are different, they have the same needs, or maybe more needs, than I did 62 years ago. Governor DeSantis, welcome these children, Do not close the doors of this great state of Florida on them.” Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined business leaders, community leaders, immigration advocates and former Pedro Pans in a press conference asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to revoke an executive order that threatens to close down shelters that house unaccompanied minors in Florida after they are caught at the border by immigration authorities. The press conference took place Feb. 10, 2022 in the offices of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Miami.

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