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Florida immigrant to ride bike to D.C. in name of immigration reform



A 41-year-old Florida man, who arrived in the country illegally in 1998, says he will ride a bike to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about immigration reform.

Francisco Diaz, an out-of-work carpenter who lives in Homestead, says he wants to give a pen to President Obama to sign an executive order stopping deportations, and then urge Congress to pass legislation. "Despite being married to a US Citizen for 12 years, he has not been able to adjust his status," according to a release from Florida Immigrant Coalition. "Francisco's family was directly affected by the deportation of his brother-in-law. When he was detained, Francisco's niece went from being an honor student to failing in school, until she finally had to leave the country when her father was deported, leaving Francisco with no family and devastated."

Diaz  says he will begin the ride March 2 and will stop in cities along the way, meeting people and visiting congressional offices. "I refuse to sit around and wait for immigration reform while families suffer," he said.

[Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:12pm]


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