Five Miami Issues That Trump Definitely Won't Fix

Five Miami Issues That Trump Definitely Won't Fix
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Miami often acts as a bellwether for the nation's issues. After all, the Magic City is a majority-minority community with serious affordability, transportation, and climate problems. If Miami finds a way to beat those challenges, that's a great sign for the rest of the country.

So as Donald Trump begins his move into the White House, it should be a concern to those well outside of South Florida that many key issues in Miami look likely to go unsolved under his watch. Trump spent the weekend adding an anti-Semitic alt-right leader to his presidential team, so he's not exactly signaling a move toward minority issues.

Here are five other Miami problems you can be sure Trump won't fix in the next four years:

Five Miami Issues That Trump Definitely Won't Fix
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1. America's dealings with Cuba.
According to the latest Florida Atlantic University poll, the vast majority of Cubans in Miami are tired of the embargo between America and the communist nation. Nearly 70 percent support some sort of diplomatic relations with the island, and 63 percent say they'd like to repeal the embargo. Barack Obama did more than any other U.S. president to ease relations between the two nations: In fact, as of this month, you can straight-up buy a plane ticket to Havana if you want. But Trump — bolstered by support from older, more right-wing Cuban-Americans, especially the Veterans of the Bay of Pigs Association — has vowed to bring the embargo back in full force. That's despite the fact that pretty much every economic analyst agrees the embargo makes no sense.

Five Miami Issues That Trump Definitely Won't Fix
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2. Police militarization.
Miami-Dade's police departments sometimes describe themselves as if they're destitute rural sheriffs tasked with using a single pistol to take down a cabal of sophisticated Mafiosi. In reality, Miami-Dade's police forces are on an unmitigated spending spree, regularly asking for six-figure checks to buy all sorts of equipment, including hundreds of extra rifles or sketchy license-plate-reading technology. Critics say the money could go toward zillions of better uses. But Trump, who earned the national Fraternal of Police's endorsement, has pledged to back cops tooth-and-nail as a "law and order" candidate.



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