Annette Taddeo pulled out of a scheduled candidate forum to discuss immigration with primary opponent Joe Garcia.
The forum is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Deuxieme Maison Building, Room 100, at Florida Internationa
According to Bud Conlin of the Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, a pro-immigrant group, Taddeo confirmed her attendance on July 5 but changed her mind on July 30.
"She didn't give an explanation; it's just very disappointing," Collins said. "I don't know the differences between Annette and Joe [on immigration] so that's why we wanted them both there to find the differences."
Taddeo's campaign did not immediately respond to a Miami Herald request for an explanation.
Incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo was also invited but has not confirmed his attendance. It is uncommon for sitting politicians to debate opponents who are in the midst of contesting a primary.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition, WeCount!, Students Working for Equal Rights, Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, the Haitian Lawyers Association and United Families are sponsoring the forum. All are pro-immigrant groups that want a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.