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National campaign, local leaders to call on Amodei to back immigration reform



mifamilia-200x300-6309529-9213896The national “Fast for Families Across America” campaign for commonsense immigration reform arrives in Reno on Friday and will press local Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2) to back the Latino and immigrant communities by calling for a House vote on immigration reform this year.

Last November, “Fast for Families” reignited the debate on immigration reform as Rudy Lopez (FIRM) and DJ Yoon (NAKASEC) —immigrant rights leaders—fasted for 22 days at the doorsteps of the U.S. Capitol. Friday’s action is one of many in the “Fast for Families” campaign that is set to tour more than a hundred congressional districts to empower constituents to call on Republican and Democratic U.S. House members to vote and enact immigration reform with a path to citizenship this year.

“We are pleased to welcome the ‘Fast for Families’ fasters to our city; we hope that their stories of sacrifice, endurance and hope will serve to keep the momentum going for immigration reform. Our country is clearly hungry for a solution and that hunger is fueling this bus campaign that will drive us toward overdue immigration legislation.  We know Rep. Amodei supports immigration reform; he has come to our events and heard the stories of pain and suffering of our families, as well as of the economic benefits. However, we urge Congressman Amodei to act and sign on to HR15 and put pressure on Speaker Boehner and his colleagues to get immigration reform done,” said Carla Castedo, Northern Nevada Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota.

“Our friends, family members and neighbors who have been torn apart by America’s broken immigration system can no longer afford to wait,” added Cory Hernandez of Northern Nevada Latino Alliance.

The tour kicked off on Monday where prominent Los Angeles faith and labor leaders and activists kicked off the tour by calling for a House vote this year. The “Fast for Families” bus tour will visit with community members, advocates and solidarity fasters across the country to highlight the immigration crisis as they meet with their congressional elected leaders. Nightly community meetings are being held in each congressional district visit to encourage supporters to act, fast and pray for commonsense immigration reform.

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