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 the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol. The fast in Washington, DC is in conjunction with dozens of local and solidarity fasts, events, and actions already underway across the country for the passage of faithful and comprehensive immigration reform.
Immigrants are among the most vulnerable persons in our midst. Every year, 400 die crossing the desert. Every year, 400,000 immigrants are deported, separating families and depriving children of a breadwinner.
Last week I joined the call to fast for immigration reform with a path to citizenship. I was moved to do so by the faithful witness of these immigrant families whose suffering reminds us of the Christmas story and calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst.
The U.S. region of the Columbans invites all of us to observe December 11th as a day of fasting and prayer for comprehensive immigration reform.
The Gospel and our Catholic faith teach us to “Welcome the Stranger in Our Midst.” As members of Justice for Immigrants, a campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we join this effort for just and comprehensive immigration reform and call on our friends and neighbors to set aside these days of Advent for prayer and fasting on behalf of immigrant families and children.