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Immigrant Activists End Fast on National Mall, Pass Baton

CBS DC

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 California and Oregon.

On Tuesday, Maria Rodriguez, head of the Florida Immigrant Coalition in Miami, posted a picture of herself on Twitter with a sign reading “I fast for Immigration Reform In…

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez speaks on why he got arrested

NBC Latino

Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez said he will not give up on comprehensive immigration reform, even if it means getting arrested.

“We are not going away, the movement is stronger and more determined than ever,” Gutierrez said on MSNBC’s “Up with Steve Kornacki.”

Gutierrez said the momentum for immigration reform was in the streets and in events such as the “National Day for Dignity and Respect,” where thousands of immigration supporters around the country gathered to advocate for immigration reform. Then on Oct. 8 supporters culminated the events in a rally in Washington D.C., where Gutierrez and seven other members of the House of Representatives were arrested.

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“The immigrant community isn’t giving up,” said Gutierrez, noting that everyday about 2,000 Latinos turn 18, making them eligible to vote.

He also added that he knew of about 40 to 50 Republicans who…

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