Immigrant fasters take reform campaign nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration reform advocates who fasted more than three weeks last fall on the National Mall say they're taking their campaign nationwide.

Religious leaders of the "Fast for Families" say they'll visit more than 100 congressional districts during the next 10 weeks to rally support for legislation that offers undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

The Senate passed an immigration reform bill last summer.

The Rev. John McCullough (muh-KUH'-luh), president of the Church World Service, says "We are prayerfully and powerfully demanding that the House act now."

A 22-year-old Miami-Dade College student who has lived most of her life in the country illegally is expected to be among those attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. Mayra Rubio Limon (lee-MOHN'), the daughter of Mexican farmworkers, was invited by U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.

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257-w-33-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Eliseo Medina, who fasted last fall for immigration reform)--Immigration reform advocates who fasted more than three weeks last fall on the National Mall say they're taking their campaign nationwide. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (27 Jan 2014)

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261-a-13-(The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, at news conference)-"us all together"-The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, says the campaign for immigration reform unites people of faith. (27 Jan 2014)

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258-a-06-(The Rev. David McCullough (muh-KUH'-luh), president of Church World Service, at news conference)-"House act now"-The Rev. David McCullough, president of Church World Service, says leaders of last fall's Fast for Families are taking their campaign for immigration reform nationwide. ((cut used in wrap)) (27 Jan 2014)

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260-a-11-(The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network, at news conference)-"turning away angels"-The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network, says the Bible calls for kindness to immigrants. (27 Jan 2014)

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259-a-11-(Eliseo Martinez, who fasted 22 days last fall for immigration reform, at news conference)-"reform this year"-Eliseo Martinez, who fasted 22 days last fall for immigration reform, says he and other activists are taking their campaign to Americans in more than 100 congressional districts. ((cut used in wrap)) (27 Jan 2014)

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