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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:57 pm | Updated: 5:34 pm, Tue Mar 18, 2014.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Dozens of people rallied at the Florida Capitol in support of immigration reform.

It's part of "Fast for Families Across America," a nationwide bus tour that started in February 2014. Immigrants from across the country are on the bus tour, fasting at times to fight for their cause. They're calling on legislators to take action on issues like tuition equality and providing drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Many people at the rally have had personal experiences with immigration and say they're fighting so others won't have to deal with the same challenges.

"If they're applying and trying to go to college, they're trying to better themselves," said Rev. Norman Wilson, pastor of Freedom Hall Church of the Living God in Orlando, Florida. "If they're trying to better themselves, that means that they're trying to make a better Florida."

Cristian Avila is traveling across the country from Phoenix, Arizona. He says he's seen family members get deported.

"We're fighting not only for ourselves as dreams," said Avila, "but also for our families, for them to have a better life and for them to be free of fear."

On Tuesday, the Florida Senate narrowly passed a measure supporting tuition equity. The legislature is expected to look at the driver's license issue during the 2014 session. Governor Rick Scott has also voiced his support for providing in-state tuition to qualifying Florida students, regardless of their status.

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