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100 Fasting Women Call for Immigration Reform, End to Deportations

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Fast 4 Families and We Belong Together have joined forces to bring 100 women — some of whom are facing deportation — to Washington, DC for a 48-hour fast calling on President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform and stop the deportations.

Yesterday, the women marched to the Capitol carrying signs that read “Missing: Courage” and dropped them off at the offices of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy.  Members of Congress that visited with them throughout the day included Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) — the latter of whom later cast a vote to bring HR 15 to the House floor, the first Republican to do so.

The fasting women also met and shared stories with Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz yesterday; today they are meeting with members of Congress like Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), as well as with the Department of Homeland Security.

As Kica Matos, of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, said:

It’s day two, and we’re full of courage but hungry for justice.  The hungrier we are, the more determined we will be.

View just a few of the incredible pictures from the fasting women yesterday and today: