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December 11, 2013 Off

ADL Stands with Fasters for Immigration Reform

In Wash­ing­ton, DC, ADL marked Human Rights Day by join­ing civil and human rights part­ners in a sol­i­dar­ity vigil with activists who are fast­ing to urge Con­gress to pass immi­gra­tion reform with a path to citizenship.

“Immi­grant rights are human rights,” ADL Wash­ing­ton Direc­tor Stacy Bur­dett told the fasters and their sup­port­ers gath­ered in a tent oppo­site the U.S. Capi­tol.  The “Fast4Families” participants—who abstain from all food, except water — have been encamped on the National Mall since Novem­ber 12th.

They have been joined by thou­sands of com­mu­nity fasters at events across the coun­try in an effort to ele­vate the urgent need to fix an immi­gra­tion sys­tem that is rip­ping apart fam­i­lies and forc­ing immi­grants to live in fear.  A “who’s who” of civil rights and polit­i­cal lead­ers have vis­ited Fast4Families to lend their inspi­ra­tion and sup­port: from Pres­i­dent Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice Pres­i­dent Biden to Rev. Ber­nice King, daugh­ter of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights icon­Do­lores Huerta.

In June, ADL wel­comed Sen­ate pas­sage of an immi­gra­tion bill (S.744) that includes a path to cit­i­zen­ship for most undoc­u­mented immi­grants but the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has yet to fol­low suit. Use ADL’s online Action Cen­ter to con­tact your Mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to urge them to act now for fair and humane immi­gra­tion reform.