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Saturday March 22, 2014

Florida Police Arrest Immigration Activist in Miami

Florida Police Arrest Immigration Activist in Miami

Photo: Eliseo Medina (SEIU)

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Veteran labor organizer and immigration reform advocate Eliseo Medina was arrested here Friday after attempting to enter the offices of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

Medina, a leader of the “Fast for Families” caravan that is touring the country to demand an end to deportations, was arrested for trespassing, Jose Seiglie, deputy police chief in the Miami suburb of Doral, told Efe.

The former secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) earlier Friday for an immigration reform event at Miami’s Florida International University.

Pelosi, Garcia and Medina made an appeal to the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives to allow a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed last June by the Senate.

Medina and other activists later tried to enter a building Doral that houses the South Florida offices of Diaz-Balart and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

When police showed up and told the activists to leave the property, all but Medina complied, Seiglie said.

Medina faces only misdemeanor charges and can expect to be released within 16 hours, Seiglie said.

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