Op-Ed: Innocents suffer in cross-fire between De Santis and Biden after cease of license renewal for undocumented children facilities
Biden’s Build Back Better Framework seeks to enhance U.S. social programs and has policies in place to ensure benefits to children and their guardians, including migrant children currently awaiting sponsorship. “I want our resources focused on the needs for Florida kids and the needs we have in our communities. Many of these migrant children have always lived in Florida and are hoping to be reunited with their families in the state. This policy may deal with the problem of “border control”, but threatens the future of thousands of children. The migrant children currently under the care of caregivers in Florida deserve happiness just as much as any other child in the country and even minimally reducing their chance at happiness is unjust.themiamihurricane.com
Florida Department of Children and Families Agrees to Pay $17.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability in Connection with SNAP Quality Control
The Florida Department of Children and Families (FDCF) has agreed to pay to the United States $17,500,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The USDA reimburses states for a portion of their administrative expenses in administering SNAP, including expenses for providing quality control. Specifically, the United States alleged FDCF injected bias into its quality control process that resulted in FDCF submitting false quality control data and information to USDA, for which it received unentitled performance bonuses for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Including this settlement, the United States has now recovered over $60 million in connection with this investigation of the SNAP program. The investigation arose out of a nationwide audit of SNAP Quality Control processes by the USDA-OIG.justice.gov
Florida principal caught on video paddling 6-year-old student won’t face criminal charges, state attorney’s office says
Melissa Carter did not commit any crimes when she paddled the first-grader three times on her buttocks in front of her mother last month, the Florida state attorney's office said in a memo.washingtonpost.com
Judge orders mental health evaluation for teen charged as adult in real estate broker’s murder
Lewis is facing charges of second-degree murder and armed robbery in the adult system. He has been so troubled that he was first charged with an armed robbery when he was 12 years old. The maximum term of residential treatment available in the juvenile justice system is 36 months prior to release. Barbosa didn’t fight back when Lewis ordered him to get back in his BMW, police said. Lewis ordered him to make two $500 withdrawals about 4:40 p.m. from a Bank of America ATM on Sistrunk Boulevard and Northwest Sixth Avenue, records show.
Girl kidnapped in Tennessee found barefoot, lost in Miami-Dade
BISCAYNE PARK, Fla. Officers found a lost girl in Miami-Dade County more than 1,000 miles away from the foster home she had vanished from late last year in Tennessee. The 13-year-old girl, who was 12 years old when she vanished, told them she had hurt her foot while running away. Sandra Bates was barefoot when the officers found her on Tuesday walking in the street, Commander Nick Wollschlager, a spokesman for the Biscayne Park Police Department, said on Thursday night. Wollschlager said the girl told the officers that she was worried about her little sister, Sara Jones, who she had left behind. Detectives found the house at 1312 NE 150 St. Officers with Miami-Dade and Biscayne Park police departments showed up about 12:20 p.m., on Wednesday.
Food stamp recipients in Florida can now purchase groceries online
MIAMI – The Florida Department of Children and Families announced Tuesday food stamp recipients will be able to buy groceries online from Walmart or Amazon. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will be able to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for groceries online starting April 21st. DCF is working with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network. Lorena Holley, the Florida Retail Federation vice president and general counsel, said retailers were grateful DCF was removing bureaucracy. Beverly Cole, Walmart’s senior director of payment acceptance, said more than 250 stores in Florida have curbside pick-up options.
Marathon man arrested after threatening to cut off teen's tongue
MARATHON, Fla. - A Florida Keys was arrested after he allegedly threatened to cut out the tongue of a teenage girl. Antonio Solis, 47, was charged with aggravated assault and battery after he was interviewed Monday by Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies. Officials say Solis was not happy with the 16-year-old girl's dating choices. Solis grabbed the girl's hair Saturday and threatened to cut her tongue with a steak knife if she refused to say whom she was dating. The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.