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Ore. Activists Join Immigration Reform Fast

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Handcuffs secure the back door of a US Customs and Border Protection border patrol vehicle. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Handcuffs secure the back door of a US Customs and Border Protection border patrol vehicle. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About half a dozen Oregon immigrant rights activists are fasting for 24 hours to protest inaction in Congress on immigration reform.

The fast started at midnight Monday. It’s one of several in the nation to support people fasting on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that began Nov. 12. Some drank only water for about three weeks.

Shorter fasts have been scheduled in states such as Oregon and California.

In Bend, the fasters planned to gather outside U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s office Tuesday to urge support for the passage of reform.

Those fasting include Andrea Miller, executive director of immigrant-rights group Causa, and Rob Sisk, president of Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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