NWI TIMES | WASHINGTON | An East Chicago community organizer fasting for immigration reform on the National Mall had a visit from the president and first lady, who shared their support.
“It was great to have them there,” Rudy Lopez, 43, said via phone from the Washington, D.C. site. “We had a chance to sit with them there and share our stories.”
Lopez was on his 10th day Saturday of the demonstration with Fast For Families, a group only drinking water in protest of a lack of immigration reform. The group is only drinking water. Some have been fasting for 19 days.
The White House issued a statement after the 40-minute visit in which the President Barack Obama thanked the Fast for Families group “for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform.”
Lopez said the concern of the Obamas for the demonstrators’ health and cause was evident.
“The first lady came back and embraced every one of us,” Lopez said. “I really felt her warmth and concern.”
Lopez knows first-hand the impact immigration can have on families.
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