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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Fasts in Solidarity with Comprehensive Immigration Reform Activists

Dec 12, 2013
Press Release
Pocan continues #MoreWork2Do Week highlighting major priorities Congress should take up before leaving on vacation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today is fasting for 24 hours in solidarity with activists across the country to build momentum for comprehensive immigration reform. In addition, Pocan attended a press conference with fasters today on Capitol Hill to reiterate his support for their efforts and to emphasize that Congress has #MoreWork2Do on comprehensive immigration reform before the end of the year.

“I was moved by the tremendous resolve and passion for comprehensive immigration reform I witnessed today, and I extend my unwavering support to fasters across the country,” Pocan said. “Like these courageous fasters, I believe that congressional inaction on immigration reform is no longer acceptable. I stand with the families who have been hurt by our broken immigration system, and I urge Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the end of the year.”

The fast, organized by Fast for Families, seeks to raise awareness of the vital need for immigration reform and spur law makers to action. Beginning in November, four activists fasted for 22 days and inspired solidarity fasts throughout the nation. Now, more than 20 House Democrats and activists have taken up the fast in support of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Pocan is a proud co-sponsor of The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, H.R. 15, which is modeled after the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The legislation currently has more than 190 bipartisan supporters in the House. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, enactment of the bipartisan Senate-passed bill would reduce the deficit by $850 billion. 

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act would:

  • Unite families and offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship after passing background checks, paying penalties and taxes, learning English and going to the back of the legal immigration line.
  • Reform our visa programs and our interior enforcement.
  • Strengthen the E-verify program, protect workers and reward businesses who play by the rules.

Despite the fact that Congress is set to pass fewer laws this year than at almost any point in history, the House of Representatives is currently scheduled to finish its “work” in Washington by the end of this week. As part of his #MoreWork2Do week, Rep. Pocan is highlighting many important items Congress should finish before it leaves on vacation, including the need to pass a new Farm Bill, vote on comprehensive immigration reform, and focus on legislation to promote job creation and economic growth.