Associated Press: President Obama Mulls Massive Move On Immigration.


 

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POTUSA Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration

 

Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.

 

Yet there’s little sign that the urgent humanitarian situation in South Texas, where unaccompanied minors have been showing up by the tens of thousands from Central America, has impeded Obama from making plans to address some portion of the 11.5 million immigrants now in this country illegally. Obama announced late last month that congressional efforts to remake the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system were dead and he would proceed on his own authority to fix the system where he could.

 

Since then he’s asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied youths, a request that’s gone unmet even as the House and the Senate scramble to see if they can vote on some solution to the crisis this week before adjourning for their annual August recess.

 

Meanwhile, White House officials led by Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, along with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, have been working to chart a plan on executive actions Obama could take, hosting frequent meetings with interest groups and listening to recommendations from immigration advocates, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, Hispanic lawmakers and others.

 

Advocates and lawmakers who were in separate meetings Friday said that administration officials are weighing a range of options including reforms to the deportation system and ways to grant relief from deportation to targeted populations in the country, likely by expanding Obama’s two-year-old directive that granted work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as youths. That program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been extended to more than 500,000 immigrants so far.

 

Advocates would like to see deferred action made available to anyone who would have been eligible for eventual citizenship under a comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed last year, which would be around 9 million people. But Obama told them in a meeting a month ago to “right-size” expectations, even as he pledged to be aggressive in steps he does take.

 

That’s led advocates to focus on other populations Obama might address, including parents or legal guardians of U.S. citizen children (around 3.8 million people as of 2009, according to an analysis by Pew Research’s Hispanic Trends Project) and parents or legal guardians of DACA recipients (perhaps 500,000 to 1 million people, according to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement).

 

“Our parents deserve to live without the fear of deportation,” Maria Praeli, a 21-year-old from New Haven who came to the United States from Peru 16 years ago, said at a protest outside the White House on Monday. “It is time for the president to go big and to go bold.”

 

Another focus could be the potentially hundreds of thousands of people who might be eligible for green cards today if current law didn’t require them to leave the country for 10 years before applying for one.

 

At the same time, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it is actively working to determine whether there are steps Obama could take by executive action that could help the business community.

 

For Obama, the political repercussions of broad executive action on immigration could be unpredictable, and extreme.

 

Republicans are warning he could provoke a constitutional crisis.

 

“It would be an affront to the people of this country which they will never forgive, it would be a permanent stain on your presidency,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said on the Senate floor Monday, while urging language to block such executive action be made part of any legislation to address the border crisis.

 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced plans to use an oversight hearing on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency Tuesday to raise questions about Obama’s plans, which he warned could “worsen the border crisis and encourage many more to come.”

 

On the other side, some Democrats have debated the best timing for Obama to take executive action, raising questions as to whether acting before the midterms could hurt vulnerable Senate Democrats in close races while boosting turnout among the GOP base.

 

But liberal advocates noted that Obama’s move on deferred action two years ago gave him a boost heading into his re-election and could help this year with Latino voters discouraged over the failure of immigration reform legislation and record-high deportations on Obama’s watch. Republicans would be in a position of deciding whether to come out in favor of deporting sympathetic groups, such as parents, and many liberals say impeachment talk would only shore up Democratic base voters.

 

“Most Democrats will be thrilled” if Obama acts boldly on immigration, said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a leading advocacy group. “And Republicans will keep lurching to the right and cementing their reputation as the anti-immigrant party.”

 

Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report.

 

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A Day in the Life

Yesterday, President Obama had lunch in Minneapolis with a woman named Rebekah, who wrote him a few months ago, to share the challenges facing her family and how hard they need to work just to make ends meet.

 

The President and Rebekah spent the day together — grabbing burgers and holding a town hall with other members of the community. He spoke with folks about what’s on their mind, and the issues that Americans across the country deal with every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama – Write a letter.

 

Yesterday, I had lunch with a woman named Rebekah at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis.

 

Rebekah wrote me a letter earlier this spring telling me about the challenges facing her family. More and more, she told me, she and her husband are working harder and harder just to get by.

 

So I decided to reply to her letter in person.

 

Rebekah and I spent the day together — we stopped for burgers before holding a town hall with other members of the community and small business owners, to hear directly from folks about what’s on their mind.

 

I’ll be doing more of these trips over the course of the summer, visiting people who have written me, to spend a day in their cities and towns. Because speaking directly with the folks I’m working for every day is the best way to help more Americans understand why growing opportunity in this country is so important.

 

So if you’ve got a story you want to share with me — about how you’re doing, what challenges you face, and what’s working for you — I want to hear from you.

 

When Rebekah wrote me, she said, “I’m pretty sure this is a silly thing to do, to write the President.”

 

But it’s not a silly thing at all. It means so much to me to read your letters. They remind me exactly who we’re fighting for every single day.

 

Because, as a nation, we’ve made it through some tough times. Over the past 51 months, our businesses have created 9.4 million new jobs. But we have more work to do to open the doors of opportunity for more Americans. That’s part of what makes these visits so important — I want you to know that I’m keeping up this fight until everyone who works hard has the chance to succeed.

 

If you’re feeling inspired, drop me a line. Tell me about your family, your neighborhood — or simply how you’re doing.

 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

 

P.S. — You can send it by mail, too. You might even know the address already: Contact The White House……
The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Jun 28, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, Cecilia Muñoz, la Directora de la Casa Blanca del Consejo de Política Nacional analizó el viaje del Presidente Obama a Minnesota, donde pasó tiempo con personas que compartieron sus inquietudes, logros y esperanzas. El Presidente seguirá luchando por las prioridades económicas en las próximas semanas y meses, porque el sabe que la mejor de ampliar la oportunidad para los trabajadores en Estados Unidos y continuar fortaleciendo la economía es de la clase media hacia afuera.

 

 

 

Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide

 

Published on Jun 28, 2014

In this week’s address, the President discussed his recent trip to Minneapolis where he met a working mother named Rebekah, who wrote the President to share the challenges her family and many middle-class Americans are facing where they work hard and sacrifice yet still can’t seem to get ahead.

 

 

 

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Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: #OffTarget Weekends

 

Volunteers across the country have been delivering petitions to Target stores asking the company to get gun sense and stop allowing open carry of guns in and around its stores. What was Target’s response? To allow gun extremists to hold an open carry rally in the parking lot of a Target store in Texas.

 

Join #OffTarget Weekends

 

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the #OffTarget Weekends campaign.

1. Take a photo of yourself shopping at a company that has common-sense gun policies, or take a photo of what you bought there. Some businesses with gun sense include: Amazon, Costco, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Food Lion, Whole Foods and IKEA.

 

2. Email your photos to photos@momsdemandaction.org.

 

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A Slide Show: The POTUSA And The FLOTUSA Have A Wonderful Day 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: It’s Friday The 13th….11 Days Left To Go Broke!!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – December 13, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2013

 

In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with a group of newly-elected mayors from across the country to discuss the ways in which the Obama Administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity. This meeting builds on the unprecedented effort of the Administration to partner with mayors working to implement policies that lead to high-paying, high-skill jobs in their communities. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

Friday, December 13 2013  All Times ET

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Briefing Room.

 

2:15 PM: The President and the Vice President meet with newly elected mayors, Roosevelt Room.

 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) — President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with a group of newly elected mayors from across the United States Friday, the daily schedule indicated.

 

The schedule indicated Obama and Biden will discuss ways in which the administration could be a partner with cities in job creation and helping the middle class.

 

 

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December 13, 2013 1:00 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The White House, Watch it Live: White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

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White House Champions of Change: ConnectEd

 

Published on Dec 12, 2013

On November 21st, the White House hosted the Champions of Change: ConnectEd. America’s teachers who are implementing advanced technology resources and instruction are preparing students for the workforce and the future of education. The champions shared their experiences utilizing and teaching with the use of these technologies and the impact it has had on their classrooms and students.

 

 

 

12/12/13: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Dec 12, 2013

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

White House Weatherization Event

 

Published on Dec 9, 2013

On December 9th, the White House will host a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) event. The Council on Environmental Quality will work with the Department of Energy to highlight best practices, innovative technologies developed by WAP, impacts on skills training and job creation, and the relationship between WAP and the private sector. Private sector representatives will share their stories and experience with weatherization alongside Administration representatives on 3 panels. December 9, 2013.

 

 

 

Ask The White House: Immigration Reform

 

Published on Dec 11, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden and Cecilia Muñoz, the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor, answer your questions about immigration reform in a live Skype video call hosted by Bing and Skype. December 11, 2013

 

 

 

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Sandy Hook: “Evil did not win.”

 

Published on Dec 6, 2013

A mother who lost her 6-year-old daughter at Sandy Hook shares what tragedy has taught her during the past year.

 

 

 

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Children killed by guns since Newtown

 

Published on Dec 11, 2013

Mother Jones’ special report on children killed by guns in the year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

 

 

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Christmas time at Barack & Michelle's House

Christmas time at Barack & Michelle’s House

 

House Republicans’ 12 Days of Congress

 

Published on Dec 12, 2013

‘Tis the season to reflect on Congressional Republicans’ priorities in 2013, an agenda best described as an endless cornucopia of giveaways for the rich and best captured in song.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is releasing a holiday anthem that sums up Republicans’ agenda — “12 Days of Congress” — and offering millions of supporters free downloads so they can add the tune to their holiday playlists. The song can also be downloaded as a ringtone and is available at: http://12daysofcongress.tumblr.com.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases December 12, 2013

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Iowa expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the African Great Lakes Region

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House’s Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

 

December 13th, 2013: White House Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 11th Of December. Just 14 Days Left To Spend Money You Don’t Have.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – December 11th, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2013

 

In the morning, the President and the First Lady will arrive at the White House. The arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

Wednesday, December 11 2013 All Times ET

 

6:25 AM: The President and the First Lady arrive Joint Base Andrews.

 

6:40 AM: The President and the First Lady arrive the White House, South Lawn.

 

11:00 AM: The Vice President attends and delivers remarks at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Washington National Cathedral.  LISTEN LIVE

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The Brady Briefing Room.  WATCH LIVE

 

3:45 PM: The Vice President and Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, answer questions about immigration reform during a live online event hosted by Skype and Bing.  WATCH LIVE

 

This Afternoon: We’re Answering Your Questions on Immigration

 

Today at 3:45 p.m. ET, Vice President Biden and Cecilia Muñoz, the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor, are sitting down to answer your questions about immigration reform.

 

During the conversation hosted by Bing and Skype, the Vice President and Cecilia will speak with folks from around the country via live Skype Video Call, and answer questions submitted through both Skype Video and social media.

 

Click here to find out how to get involved in today’s chat.

 

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5:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the 12th Annual George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony of World Food Program USA, Russell Senate Office Building.  LISTEN LIVE

 

 

 

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Next Up…

December 11, 2013 12:30 PM EST

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, Watch All White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

 

December 11, 2013 3:45 PM EST

Vice President Biden and Cecilia Muñoz Answer Questions about Immigration Reform

Live Online Event Hosted by Skype and Bing
The White House, Watch All White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

 

December 11, 2013 5:00 PM EST

Vice President Biden Speaks at the 12th Annual George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony of World Food Program USA

Audio Only

Washington, DC, Listen At White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

Remembering Nelson Mandela

 

President Obama’s Message to the People of the Central African Republic

 

 

Watch: Creating the 2013 White House Gingerbread House

 

 

 

Open Data Round Up

 

You’re Invited: White House Holiday Social

 

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“Don’t Just Play on Your Phone, Program It”

 

 

 

Statements and Releases December 10, 2013

 

Statement by the President on the Budget

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Mel Watt

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Patricia Millett

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Completion of the U.S. – Russia “Megatons to Megawatts” Program

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Kenya to Attend the 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Kenya

 

Statement by the President on the Volcker Rule

 

Vice President Biden Announces $100 Million to Increase Access to Mental Health Services

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Memorandum — Central African Republic Drawdown

 

 

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Gathering In Unity: The President And First Lady Visit Those Fasting For Immigration Reform


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Gathering in the Spirit of Unity: The President and First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform

 

Cecilia Muñoz
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November 29, 2013
02:31 PM EST

 

President Obama and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visits with a group staging a public fast for immigration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2013. “Fast for Families” is seeking to pressure Congress into passing an immigration bill. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, the President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform. The President and the First Lady gave their support for their fight for family unity this Thanksgiving weekend, as families across the country come together to spend time with loved ones.

 

Since November 12, fasters from “Fast For Families” have abstained from all food except water in an effort to bring attention to the urgent need for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and I have also visited Fast For families in recent weeks.

 

The fasters shared their stories and described empty stomachs but full hearts as they received an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3,000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

 

The President and the First Lady thanked Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and all of the fasters for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform.  He said that the only thing standing in the way is politics.  And it is the brave commitment to change from advocates like them that will pressure the House to finally act on immigration reform.

 

This Thanksgiving, as friends, family, and community gather in the spirit of unity, we lend our support to those fighting for making commonsense immigration reform a reality. We will stand with them every step of the way to make sure that we bring coherence to our immigration laws, and pass a common sense reform that is consistent with our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

 

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Fast For Families: A Call For Immigration Reform & Citizenship.

 

Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

 

On November 12, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders announced the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” taking place on theNational Mall, steps away from the Capitol. Leaders and immigrant members of the community will fast every day and night, abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

The fast in Washington, DC will be in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fastsevents, and actions already underway in key congressional districts across the country. Fasters will be joined nationwide by groups and activists who are prepared to make sacrifices for the passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

 

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TAKE ACTION

  1. Calling your Member of Congress to support commonsense immigration reform or to support H.R. 15
  2. Getting as many people as possible to fast in solidarity with the Washington, DC fasters by fasting in large groups in public places so we can bring attention to this important issue
  3. Highlighting the moral crisis caused by the broken immigration system
  4. Raising public awareness of the suffering and sacrifice immigrants face in our country

 

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About The Fast

 

What we hope to accomplish
This year, we have come the closest ever to achieving real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. In June, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill (S.744). Now, the House of Representatives has chance to complete the dream for 11 million aspiring Americans by addressing the moral crisis that is our broken immigration system.

 

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the House continues to delay a vote on the one issue that holds strong bipartisan support and is backed by a breadth of communities and groups across the country.

 

Every day the House leadership stalls on a vote for immigration reform, families and communities suffer the impact of deportations, deaths on the border, exploitation at work and the fear of living in the shadows with no path to citizenship.

 

By fasting, we hope to follow the examples of Cesar ChavezMartin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi to touch the compassion and sensibilities of our elected leaders to address the moral crisis of an immigration system that fails to comport with our national values, our creeds and belief in justice.

 

It’s time to once and for all pass true immigration reform.

 

Read the Fasters’ Declaration

 

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Events

 

November 27, 2013Richmond, VA
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations 

 

12 Noon
Thanksgiving Action to Stop Deportations
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond
Contact: Rev. Deborah Lee @ dlee@clueca.org

 

 

November 28, 2013Los Angeles, CA – 10:00am PST
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

Immigrant Mothers, Children’s March and Prayer Vigil to LA Federal Downtown Building (Olympic Avenue and Broadway) | Sponsored by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice/Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes

 

 

December 1, 2013Nationwide
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Asking whole network to Fast

 


* Official ‘Fast for Families’ events

 

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Get Involved

 

Supporting Immigration Reform

 

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Cecilia Muñoz
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November 21, 2013
07:00 PM EST

 

Over the many years that I have worked in the Latino community and the civil rights movement, I have seen the photo many times, perhaps more than any other photo. Often it is dog-eared from having been on a wall for many years, or pulled out of a wallet many times. It’s a photo ofCesar Chavez, weak from fasting over many weeks. Next to him is Robert Kennedy, who visited him and offered his support and solidarity during the fast. Chavez is leaning heavily on Kennedy, who has his hand on Chavez’ arm; one is smiling weakly, the other brightly.   The photo is dear to people who remember the years of Chavez organizing farmworkers, bringing his tremendous moral authority to their struggle.

 

The photo has been on my mind a great deal this week, as another fighter for justice, my friend Eliseo Medina, begins the second week of the Fast for Families, which is taking place in a tent near the U.S. Capitol. He, along with Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Dae Joong Yoon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Cristian Avila, and Marco Grimaldo are fasting to draw attention to the urgent need for immigration reform.

 

I had the honor of visiting with the fasters and hearing their stories on day 9 of their water-only fast, and I was deeply moved by their moral commitment. They described why immigration reform matters in their lives, as it does for Christian, a DREAMer who told me he is fasting for his own chance at citizenship, to honor his parents, and to call attention to the need for immigration reform to keep his family from the threat of separation. They shared with me their hopes for achieving an immigration reform that feels within reach, because the House of Representatives has the support it needs to pass legislation, and the coalition supporting it has unprecedented depth and strength. They described empty stomachs but full hearts as they receive an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

 

For my part, I was honored to share that President Obamais deeply committed to this fight; he knows that immigration reform is right for the country, for the economy, and for our communities all around the country. He will keep pushing until the job is done, and he and his team take great inspiration from the sacrifice of a handful of advocates who are following in the tradition of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi to bring compassion and commitment to this debate.

 

Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of the Domestic Policy Council

 

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