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Catholic organizations sponsor fast for immigration reform

November 20, 2013

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Franciscan Action Network, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have joined over two dozen other organizations in sponsoring the Fast for Families, a fast for immigration reform in which participants “vow to abstain from sustenance.”

“This year, we have come the closest ever to achieving real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” the fast’s organizers stated on their website. “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.”

The organizers added:

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 Chavez, Martin 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.


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 21, 2013 5:43 PM ET USA

    This puts me in mind of a segment I saw on European Journal about French fare jumpers & public transportation in Paris. Fully 1/3 of riders are not ticketed which irks those who do pay. Further, the most promising solution, conductors, need to be extra polite when checking tickets as free riders get belligerent. Kids think public trans should be free/totally paid for by taxpayers(which they are not, yet). After all, the train runs 'whether I pay or not.' Hmm.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Nov. 21, 2013 3:27 AM ET USA

    This is misguided. I say this in full awareness of the Church's position on the subject. Amnesty for people who are breaking this country's laws is tantamount to forgiving an unrepented and continuing sin. It is also suicidal. These newly minted citizens will vote for the Democrats who have demonstrated that they are the party of abortion and euthanasia. They are also socialists. The condition of the Church in Europe ought to be sufficient to convince our erstwhile breatherern of the danger.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Nov. 20, 2013 11:56 PM ET USA

    Let me translate. People who have broken into our country should not be deported, especially if their family members have broken in earlier. Further, they should be able to cross the border illegally without risk. And after breaking in, they deserve to have the same chance at citizenship as people who immigrated according to our laws. Hey, what could possibly be more Catholic? Sign me up!