Immigrants to fast outside South Florida detention center

South Fla. activists pressure for immigration reform

Published On: Oct 11 2013 08:44:09 AM EDT
MIAMI, Fla. -

South Florida activists are keeping up the pressure for immigration reform.

About half a dozen members of the grassroots group Students Working for Equal Rights will begin a fast Friday night at the Broward Transitional Center.

Community members will support them in an overnight vigil.

They want to end the annual 400,000 annual deportations. They are also calling out Miami U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart to play a more visible role in the reform effort. Diaz-Balart was among the bi-partisan "Gang of Eight" working on an immigration reform bill. Three Republicans left that group, leaving Diaz-Balart as the sole GOP member.

Diaz-Balart chief of staff said the congressman hasn't given up on a bill to provide the undocumented a way to earn the ability to get right with the law.