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To pressure House GOP leaders, Rep. Joe Garcia joins fast for immigration reform


Republican leaders of the U.S. House have stalled taking up an immigration reform bill this year, and Democrats are making sure to keep the pressure on by holding a series of member-to-member fasts.

From a press release:

This morning, Rep. Joe Garcia (FL-26), joined a group of advocates fasting as part of the “Fast 4 Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship” movement.

Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) passed his fast on to Rep. Garcia in a brief ceremony in Rep. Garcia’s office.  Rep. Vargas received the immigration reform fast from Rep. Joe Kennedy III (MA-4), yesterday.

“I am honored to participate in this symbolic event dedicated to the millions of people fighting for comprehensive immigration reform as they seek to keep their families together,” said Rep.  Joe Garcia.


“Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship,” was launched by faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Members of Congress, who have been calling on Speaker Boehner to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform, will be passing their fast from one Member to another to express their support for the fasters.

“It is an honor to be passing my fast to Rep. Joe Garcia,” said Rep. Vargas. “We must continue to stand together to fix an immigration system that creates second-class citizens and stunts the progress of our immigrant community. The need for immigration reform cannot be ignored.”

Rep. Garcia will pass the fast on to Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41) via a virtual exchange on Twitter at 11:00 AM EST, 8:00 AM PST, tomorrow, December 6, 2013.

Garcia's Twitter handle: @RepJoeGarcia Takano's: @RepMarkTakano.