Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) began fasting today for immigration reform as part of "Fast 4 Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship." For more than 30 days a group of advocates has been fasting on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol to build momentum for comprehensive immigration reform in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Rep. Lofgren took on the fast from her colleague Judy Chu (D-CA-27), joining a growing group of Democratic lawmakers who fast for one day for immigration reform.
"For more than a month reform advocates, faith leaders, and others have fasted because they refuse to let House Republicans ignore their promises to pass real immigration reform," said Rep. Lofgren. "I'm humbled to join in fasting with these courageous people to demonstrate my shared commitment for comprehensive reform. From left to right, a majority of Americans want to fix our broken immigration system because it does not reflect our values, it tears families apart and forces people to live in the shadows, and it holds our economy and country back. The American people are tired of excuses about why Congress cannot pass reform and I challenge my Republican friends in the House to set aside politics and join us in passing meaningful immigration reform."
Rep. Lofgren is a nationally recognized advocate for immigration reform and serves as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. For the past four years she was one of eight bipartisan lawmakers crafting an immigration reform bill in the House before Republicans in the group announced they were pulling out of talks on September 20, 2013, effectively ending the effort.