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Activists rally for immigration reform

24

July

Protest

The Dream Defenders weren't the only activists at the Florida Capitol on Wednesday.

Despite afternoon showers, the North Florida Coalition for Immigration Reform gathered on the steps of the Old Capitol to demand a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

"The pathway to citizenship is the pathway to freedom," said Tabitha Frazier, president of the Leon County Democratic Hispanic Caucus. "Our representatives must know that if they do not support this cause, they will not be reelected."

Frazier was joined by the National Organization of Women's Barbara DeVane, Organizing for America's Jaclyn Smith, former Leon County Commissioner Akin Akinyemi and a number of undocumented college students.

The U.S. Senate has already passed a bipartisan immigration bill that creates a 13-year pathway to citizenship. But House Republicans and Democrats have clashed over the issue, and it is unclear if they will reach a compromise.

Congress begins a month-long summer recess next week.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:26pm]

    

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