The Common Good

Immigration Reform Supporters Kick Off Hunger Strike

Source: Voxxi
Date: November 12, 2013

Faith leaders joined immigrant rights advocates Tuesday at the nation’s capital to launch a 40-day hunger strike to pressure the House leadership to pass immigration reform legislation before the end of this year.

The fasters participating in the hunger strike say they intend to send a clear message:

“We will not stand for politics as usual when families are being torn apart. We are prepared to risk and put our bodies on the line until Congress puts all 11 million aspiring Americans on the path to citizenship.”

Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a Christian organization focused on social justice, explained at a press conference inside the tent on Tuesday: “For people of faith, this is not a political issue, but a moral one. And for Christians, how we treat 11 million undocumented people, the ‘strangers’ among us is how we treat Christ himself.”