Tueeday, the Fast for Families began in the DC Mall. Faith leaders and advocates around the country in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, California and Nebraska held their own local events to urge legislators to take action on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). The fast was a way to draw attention to the inaction on the Hill.
There are 267,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S. according to a recent report. With both ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) and CIR languishing as the legislative calendar draws to a close, families, including LGBT immigrant families do not have good things to look forward to during the traditional holiday season unless these bills are passed.
Because of the annual 400,000 deportations, the lack of protections, the uncertainty many families face the prospect of empty chairs where a loved one would sit. People are deported, detained, or have to move away to find work making these times difficult for many communities.
Are you joining in the fast? Let us know what your message is to legislators. What do you think it will take to get comprehensive immigration reform and ENDA passed?