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Protesters demand pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants


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.


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I saw these protesters in front of the Old Capitol next to Monroe Street today. There appeared to be fewer than 10 people there, certainly no more than 10.

Is that all it takes to get some ink (or a blog post) for my cause in the Miami Herald -- just me and 7 or 8 or my friends who stand on Monroe Street, holding signs? Does it matter what cause I'm protesting or supporting?

If I get 8 people together to protest against Obamacare or to support the repeal of Obamacare in front of the Old Capitol, will the Miami Herald give me some ink, too?

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