Immigrant Activists End Fast on National Mall, Pass Baton

Originally posted on CBS DC:

Three immigrant advocates on a hunger strike to pressure lawmakers to change the country's immigration system ended their three-week fast Dec. 3 on the National Mall.  (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/Polaris Images)

Three immigrant advocates on a hunger strike to pressure lawmakers to change the country’s immigration system ended their three-week fast Dec. 3 on the National Mall. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/Polaris Images)

MIAMI (CBSDC/AP) — Three immigrant advocates on a hunger strike to pressure lawmakers to change the country’s immigration system ended their three-week fast Tuesday on the National Mall, while a new group of fasters including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III took their place.

About half a dozen Congress members, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were there as the fasters left the tent Tuesday. Minnesota Democratic U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum began one-day solidarity fasts with the activists.

Immigration advocates in a handful of cities around the country also announced their own fasts in solidarity with those in D.C. Nearly a dozen activists in central and South Florida embarked on one-day fasts, as did groups in…

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