Senator Will Fast To Support Immigration Reform

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) accepts invitation from reform advocacy group Fast4Families

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Joshua Robert / Reuters

After a year of frustrating setbacks for immigration reform activists, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin has decided to stop eating for one day to call attention to the cause.

Fast4Families, a group that advocates a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants through coordinated hunger strikes, met with the Illinois Democrat on the National Mall Wednesday, a Durbin aide said, and Durbin accepted the group’s invitation to the join the fast. President Barack Obama and First Michelle Obama met with Fast4Families late last month.

“This fast will coincide with the observance of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico and one of the most solemn days on the Catholic calendar for many,” Durbin said in a statement. “There is no excuse for the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to call our bipartisan Senate bill for a vote. [House] Speaker [John] Boehner is ignoring the injustice of our broken immigration system; the suffering of millions of innocent Dreamers and the values at the heart of this great immigrant nation.”

Last week, Boehner revived the hopes of immigration reform advocates by hiring Rebecca Tallent, a top policy aide on this issue. The Senate passed a reform bill earlier this year that has yet to be taken up by the House.

Durbin will fast from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday.

38 comments
DaveFrancis
DaveFrancis

Last Wednesday, Pres. Obama spoke at length about his desire to address an issue NumbersUSA, the TEA PARTY and hundreds of grass root organization has been talking about since its origin -- income disparity in America.

President Obama said:

“I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American.” But this President is ignoring the impact of adding 33 million new workers, who are mostly manual, low-skilled, poorly educated, will have on wages for citizens and permanent residents. He seems completely oblivious of the 11.3 million illegal aliens (extremely low number seeing millions were likely hiding in legal family homes, during the 10 year Census; true numbers well over 20 million plus). Obama’s answer to close the gap between the wealthy and the deprived, to simply raise the minimum wage instead of tightening up the labor market, which would force employers to increase wages.

The man doesn't grasp that the same big business interests who are pressuring for immigration reform also oppose his efforts to raise the minimum wage. Why does big business support one and resist the other? Because they want lower wages! Because they want cheap labor, the same reason the Democrats want an overload of foreigners to gain the upper hand in upcoming elections. That is why the Department of Justice wants no change in the voting laws, with the mandatory need for showing ID when voting? That’s why a reading of universal biometric Social Security ID law is sitting on a dusty shelf on Capitol Hill. That’s why just 2 billion dollars would issue every citizen a document, that illegal aliens would fall foul in using stolen Social Security numbers to get a job. To add a hindrance to any non-citizen from voting in any election, as that was accomplished by the Lib-Democrats from ignoring the fact in Presidential election. By issuing to every citizen it will also stop criminal foreigners/Americans from preying on any person’s credit?

AMERICAN PARTISANS SHOULD SPEAK UP AND STOP BOTH PARTIES FROM SHOVING ANOTHER AMNESTY DOWN OUR THROATS, THAT IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE 1986 IMMIGRATION COMPREHENSIVE POLICY THAT LOADED US UP WITH MORE POVERTY THAT THE TAXPAYERS HAD TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT AND STILL SUPPORTING TO THIS DAY. The Tea Party seems to be unofficially splitting away from the GOP establishment, because they are allowing big business to run our lives. Both parties are a contradiction to the will of the people. The polls have been heavily manipulated in the way questions are asked, showing broad support for a devastating reform which is far from the truth. The true voice of the American people can be asserted from the lies, by reading the comments in the National media. Each day the newspapers are full of anger, anxiety and frustration of the public being not treated with respect and their rights not being protected by either party.

It's improbable that the newspapers will confront Pres. Obama on illegal immigration. The majority Leftist influenced media never passed along the detested requirements of the G8 amnesty bill to Americans; the huge influx of labor. In recent weeks, the media has blamed the House for the failure to pass immigration reform in 2013 as just another example of incompetent Legislators, rather than acknowledging that the actual policies are unpopular as it seems the government move of the Affordable Care Act, changing it eventually to a single-payer system. There are those who don’t work through no fault of their own; the sick, mothers with numerous children or mentally ill. The rest of the populations are human parasites of any category, which have learned to work the welfare system and will be afforded Obamacare—WHAT TAXPAYERS HAVE TO COVER?

StanShafer
StanShafer

24 hour fast, huh? This guy is a real Gandhi!  

zippy1
zippy1

Durban is a feckless liar...we only wish he would he would fast... (for the rest of his term, would be a good start)

DonLoveKUAlexander
DonLoveKUAlexander

Not eating for one day?  Typical symbolic BS which the dems like to do.  Wanna make a difference Senator?  Do it for as many days as it takes.  Idiot

andy2198
andy2198

Durbin should set himself on fire to show his support for illegals

LeoKiely
LeoKiely

Durbin here declares himself an enemy of U.S. citizens.  Rewarding illegality is NEVER good public policy. Sound immigration policy should be based upon what is best for the
citizens of the host country. U.S. immigration policy has failed this
standard miserably for almost 50 years. Minorities and the poor in
general are most negatively affected. We currently import 138,000
workers legally each month into an economy that created 204,000 jobs as
per the most recent monthly jobs report. Workforce participation is at a
meager 63%. Real wages have remained stagnant since 1970. We should
be discussing cutting legal immigration numbers dramatically and ending
illegal immigration entirely. There is nothing in the Gang of Eight
bill that benefits the citizens of the United States or advances the
national interest. It merely represents the wishes of the cheap labor
lobby, Democrat Party, certain ethnic lobbies, and the immigrants
themselves. Politicians supporting it are simply tools of all of the
above. There is no one guarding the interests of the citizens of the
United States here. There are virtually no economic patriots left.

LeoKiely
LeoKiely

Once again, rewarding illegality is NEVER good public policy. Sound immigration policy should be based upon what is best for the
citizens of the host country. U.S. immigration policy has failed this
standard miserably for almost 50 years. Minorities and the poor in
general are most negatively affected. We currently import 138,000
workers legally each month into an economy that created 204,000 jobs as
per the most recent monthly jobs report. Workforce participation is at a
meager 63%. Real wages have remained stagnant since 1970. We should
be discussing cutting legal immigration numbers dramatically and ending
illegal immigration entirely. There is nothing in the Gang of Eight
bill that benefits the citizens of the United States or advances the
national interest. It merely represents the wishes of the cheap labor
lobby, Democrat Party, certain ethnic lobbies, and the immigrants
themselves. Politicians supporting it are simply tools of all of the
above. There is no one guarding the interests of the citizens of the
United States here. There are virtually no economic patriots left.

danhan1
danhan1

Little fat boy won't miss the food. We'd all be better off if he stopped breathing. Maybe he could propose that.

robertkiensler
robertkiensler

Illegal immigration has driven down wages,over crowded schools ,stolen opportunity for natives,turned communities into third world ghettos.If unlimited immigration is such a great deal. Why not eliminate all immigration laws? Let anyone who wants to come in and be a citizen.

The symbolic fasting and hand wringing over the illegal alien law breakers is psychopathic in its attempt to sway public sympathy. Pathetic. These illegal aliens knowingly broke the law and Obama rewarded thir children for the parents crime. Now the parents demand their reward for breaking the law.

This situation will end badly as we have weak leadership who allow the illegal aliens,who are all criminal lawbreakers to flaunt their status boldly almost like diplomats with immunity. Poor citizens have become third class citizens behind the needs and desires of illegal aliens...not gonna end well.

joekingabcd
joekingabcd

Durbin has never and would never go this extreme for Americans.  He is a traitor and is in violation of his oath of office and should be made to step down.

SfcMac
SfcMac

I hope the $$clown starves to death.

ArcherChristifori
ArcherChristifori

Oh talk about a dog and pony show.

The tired old white liberal leftists are pulling an old tired worn out tactic from their book of "failed policies of the past" to pull this stunt.

Glad more and more people are seeing through the democrat and RINO facade these days.

cornfield
cornfield

Yes numag. It should be televised.

daddywarbucks
daddywarbucks

This illegal invasion isn't diversity, it is opening the door to sub culture chaos and spreading YOUR taxes and jobs to them while destroying your kids futures. 

'immigration' ? (actually illegal invasion, nothing to do with 'immigration'):

Illegal invaders, that force themselves ahead of many other people undergoing proper immigrations, ignore our laws, make demands, use intimidation and threats against US citizens.

Veterans G.I. Bill benefits are cut, financially strapped, their job opportunities are handed over to illegal intruders.

There are 20 million veterans that fought for our US Constitution and are now getting sh*t on, called terrorists and shoved into poverty by this administration. Our active duty, 'oath keeper' soldiers and officers are being purged from the military, abandoned and murdered on the battlefield  while illegal invaders, that force themselves ahead of proper immigrations, are given special favor.

...and you are expecting Americans to do what?
Elections 2014

Are we a country of laws or not?

27 million veterans represent a fraction of US citizens that will be hurt by this.

gombey100
gombey100

Fast all you want - starve yourself to death for all I care.....But, that is NOT going to get you any damn amnesty for 15 MILLION **Illegal** law breakers!!! The majority of the country do NOT want this crap and are NOT going to accept it!!!!

numag1
numag1

I fully support Durbin fasting until he croaks.

MichaelEJones
MichaelEJones

Representing Crook County Il standards bet he cheats his fast!

MichaelEJones
MichaelEJones

Bet he cheats 24 hour fast, to keep up with his personal goals for Crook County Illinois!

StopWhiteGenocide7
StopWhiteGenocide7

Diversity is a code word for less White People.

Nobody says an Asian country that is 100% Asian needs more diversity.

Nobody says an African country that is 100% Black needs more diversity.       

Anti-Whites claim “anti-racism” and demand diversity for White countries and ONLY White countries. They say it’s Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, but White countries for EVERYBODY?

lostintaxes
lostintaxes

Before reforming immigration laws we must protect our borders and American workers from another avalanche of foreign nationals invading this sovereign country. It is imperative we hold both the sides of the aisle in Congress at fault, as they have ignored the people’s wishes and instead done the lucrative bidding of the special interests, the powerful unions and radical minority organizations. I judge both the Liberals who hang on the aprons of the Obama Imperial court and the wealthy GOP members whose pockets are filled with 30 pieces of silver from the slush funds of the mega-corporations. That any Politician in Congress who votes for the Senate immigration bill AS-IS, must kicked out of Congress in any forthcoming elections. Americans must rise up now and contact their federal and local lawmaker and say NO IMMIGRATION REFORM, NO CITIZENSHIP AND STOP THE PANDERING TO THESE FOREIGNERS. Our only savior is the emerging entity called the TEA PARTY whose paramount measure is fight against the unconstitutional policies of the executive, judicial and state departments. I think all Americans who are not Leftist zealots would be alarmed at the disquieting reality of a move towards a Socialist wilderness. Obama and his mob in Washington have intentionally neglected the federal code and the Rule of Law, using his limitless power to overcome any adverse policy to his total domination of our country. The Liberals will lie; use rhetoric to strengthen his hold on a country deliberately divided by his administration. In the last few weeks a panel of experts on immigration policies, are fighting for our democracy against powerful forces that would tear us down into a third world nation. For the American taxpayers who unsuspectingly support illegal aliens with billions of dollars in welfare payments and the other free benefits, not excluding food stamps--this must be stopped. It is a slippery way to gain cheap votes and cheap labor. YOU SHOULDN’T miss this panel of experts on illegal immigration and the ultimate goal of the open border progressives. This video is brought to you by JUDICIAL WATCH and its imperative you watch it for your own sense of purpose? You will not see any articles about this conference in the National media. LISTEN TO THE TRUTH, NOT THE LIES at http://www.judicialwatch.org.What the Gang of Eight never told you is 30 million more legal foreign nationals would be allowed to immigrate here, apart from the millions plus who are given green cards now annually. Within these walls of our country are millions more, who came here illegally and now expect to be rewarded with citizenship, and all the benefits of a citizen.

Appearing this week was Congressman Steve King (IA-04), U.S. House of Representatives; Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies; and Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations for NumbersUSA.com discuss the status of amnesty efforts in Congress, as well as President Obama’s controversial decisions to suspend deportation for entire categories of illegal aliens. More factual information can be found at NumbersUSA, which has just passed the 2 million mark in membership. More of the facts will be revealed at watchdog.org and the legal team that fight for every American rights at Judicial Watch.org/

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reallife
reallife

I say cut them off food stamps for a month



Earnest.In.Evanston
Earnest.In.Evanston

Durbin and the Democrats could have passed immigration when they had a supermajority and could do anything they wanted and they did - they rammed thru Obamacare and a $1 trillion stimulus bill without reading or debating them,


Unemployment has been high for the past five years and the Democrats want to add millions of more Americans into the labor market. That will increase unemployment and lower wages.


A vote for a Democrat is a vote for less jobs and lower wages.


Never vote for a Democrat. NEVA. NEVA. NEVA!!!!!

PaulAngstrom
PaulAngstrom

Instead of fasting, spend your own PERSONAL money...specificially NOT TAXPAYER MONEY, to improve the country of the immigrants you care so much about (even at the EXPENSE of your own constituents).  That way, they get help, and you stop SCREWING your own countrymen you traitors.

CharlesEdwardBrown
CharlesEdwardBrown

Senator Durbin is a traitor to the United States and only cares about pandering to special interest groups. We have real problems in the state of Illinois. We need jobs and not more illegal aliens in the state of Illinois. Its time that ICE start deport all the illegal aliens living in the United States. Its time to replace Senator Durbin with a Senator who cares about the people and not just special interest groups.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Good. One less useless Democrat in the Senate. I really hope he keeps his pledge Oxygen deprivation might set his brain right.

BigTunatoo
BigTunatoo

Sen. Durbin is right on!!!

Our immigration policy is in shambles and is in dire need of a complete overhaul.

Illegals need to be screened and made legal and then given a valid Soc. Sec. card so

that they can begin paying taxes like the rest of us.

Immigration policy need to be black and white....easy to read and understand...

we don´t need shades of grey......just simple to read and define!!!

BruceAllan
BruceAllan

@BigTunatoo Nobody like lo-fo's fall for emotional propaganda... Durbin and Rombozo on their 24 hour fast. What a joke

Romantic_Romeo
Romantic_Romeo

@BigTunatoo Of course they are going to start paying taxes, even though so many get paid cash for the odd jobs they do. No doubt, they will honestly declare their cash earnings and happily pay taxes.


Actually wait, it gets better. Not just future taxes, they are ALSO GOING TO PAY BACK TAXES!!!! Can't get better, can it??


And by the way, they will all MOST certainly pay more in taxes than they take out in benefits. It's common sense, right?


You are a GENIUS,  my friend.

CharlesEdwardBrown
CharlesEdwardBrown

We tried this in 1986 and we got 12 million more illegal aliens. Senator Durbin is moron who does not know history. We need to deport all these criminals.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@BigTunatoo At this state when government is broke, when terrorists mingle with OTMs crossing the border, when citizens have no decent jobs and many will  accept any low paying dead end jobs just to survive, tell me how twenty  million or more serve this country`s interest other than adding more to the Democrat political base ? Dont we have enough problems that we have to import more ?

tom.litton
tom.litton

I was thinking about immigration and secular stagnation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_stagnation#Secular_stagnation_theory).  


Supposedly the baby boomers and then women entering the workforce propped up the economy and basically hid the stagnation.  If that's true, then a large amount of immigration would potentially do the same thing right? 


But you were probably talking about the Senate bill.  The reason to pass the senate bill is because it beefs up border security and prevents further problems, while dealing with the people that are already here (including forcing employment standards, and thereby making them competitive with American workers).


Not passing the bill will mean more people coming across the border.  Once they are here, they will be more or less here permanently.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@tedphxI'm sure your right.  But i'd be curious as to why you think that.

tedphx
tedphx

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