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Scott’s bill “requires a thorough national security evaluation and clearance by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of all Chinese student visa holders taking part in activities related to COVID-19 vaccine research.”
Some Democrats in the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill and key committee chairs are lining up behind a proposal to suspend deporting Haitians in the U.S. illegally during the coronavirus pandemic.
Insisting that Haiti does not have the healthcare resources to battle coronavirus, nine Democrats representing Florida in the U.S. House called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reverse plans to deport Haitians who were illegally in the U.S.
n Sunday night, the department announced that “one adult resident of Hillsborough County and one adult resident of Manatee County” tested positive for coronavirus.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Sec. Chad Wolf requesting information on the agency’s plan to address coronavirus and called for increased screenings at airports for foreign nationals coming from any region that is a growing concern for transmission of the virus
Orlando is getting funds from Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) which will be between $2.8 million through $3.5 million. In 2018, UASI sent $1.5 million to Orlando. Last year, Orlando received $3.25 million from UASI. The funds can be used to plan and respond to terrorism in urban areas including dealing with cybersecurity, emerging threats and crowded areas.
“The coronavirus represents a serious international health crisis, however, here in South Florida, I have been informed that at this time there is no immediate threat to public health, ” Mucarsel-Powell said on Monday.
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