The Common Good

Jim Wallis, Joe Kennedy Begin Fast For Immigration Reform Legislation

Date: December 4, 2013

Four immigration activists ended their 22-day fast that was aimed to pressure lawmakers to overhaul the nation's immigration system, while a new group of advocates took their place to continue the call for an immediate vote on reform. The demonstrators announced on Tuesday that they were ending their hunger strike after unsuccessfully, for now, prompting House Speaker John Boehner to pass immigration reform legislation. The new group that has taken their place now includes Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners among others.

"As we fasted, the American people responded with overwhelming support and solidarity," said the group of original fasters that included Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, Cristian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, Dae Joong Yoon of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, and Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners, in a statement.