Immigration rights advocates are taking drastic measures to get President Barack Obama’s attention and to show their support for immigration reform. A group called Fast for Families Across America plans to launch a national bus tour in hopes of garnering more support for their cause. Activists will pray and fast, and board buses from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to bring more attention to their cause of advocating for immigrants’ rights.
A spokesperson for the cross-country trek explained the group will be visiting more than 100 congressional districts to discuss the crisis of deportation that is facing America, and to talk to citizens about the cost of inaction. The group’s goal is to work on a deal with Congress that emphasizes equality and to make sure the United States is a nation where individuals are respected, valued and welcomed.
Although the group celebrated a victory when the Senate passed a bill in 2013 that would give some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. the chance to earn a path to citizenship, immigration advocates feel Republicans have tabled the issue. Supporters of immigration reform have explained that families of immigrants suffer when family members are deported. The tour group has declared that the existing immigration system focuses too much on enforcement and not enough on humanity.
Over the next six weeks the immigration rights activists will travel across the nation on two buses, with one bus going north and the other south. They plan to urge citizens from Oregon to New Jersey and from California to Virginia to demand action from their representatives in Congress. The trek will culminate in a rally on April 9, 2014 at the National Mall in D.C.