40 Day Fast to Inspire Immigration Reform

by Joseph McKeown

While the third-ranking House Republican says there won't be an immigration vote this legislative year and immigration activists occupy the Bakersfield office of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, The Blaze reports on Rev. Samuel Rodriguez who is undergoing a forty day fast for immigration reform:

“In the spirit of Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders who have acted on the moral imperative to do justice, as well as our ultimate example found in Jesus, I likewise sense an urgent conviction to engage in the spiritual exercise that in my faith narrative produces great results,” said the faith leader in a press release announcing his effort.

In other religiously-themed immigration news, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter (in PDF here) to House Speaker John Boehner: 

As a moral matter...our nation cannot continue to receive the benefits of the work and contributions of undocumented immigrants without extending to them the protection of the law...Keeping these human beings as a permanent underclass of workers who are unable to assert their rights or enjoy the fruits of their labor is a stain on the soul of the nation.