Southerland Addresses Crowd While Protesters Demonstrate [GALLERY]

By: Andy Alcock
By: Andy Alcock

The hotly debated issue of immigration reform helped spark a protest in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Congressman Steve Southerland spoke to the Capital Tiger Bay Club at the Civic Center.

Outside demonstrators carried signs showing their disagreement with Southerland on a number of issues.

One of them is immigration reform.

Southerland says he's not satisfied with the current system.

Protesters say Southerland needs to take a leading role for reform.

"Right now the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that covered five different aspects of immigration reform," said protester Tabitha Frazier. "The House is putting together piecemeal bills," she said. "This is not going to lead to any sort of reforms," Frazier said.

"The Senate has weighed in, now the House will weigh in on the issue," said Southerland. "And we have been very clear," he said. "The first thing we're going to discuss is border security," Southerland said.

Southerland says the House Judiciary Committee is currently working on immigration reform.

He's not part of that committee.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted Southerland as a vulnerable Republican incumbent in next year's election.

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