Today was an exciting one in the Mayor’s office. Rudy Lopez and the “Fast for Families Across America” tour came to Minnesota to join faith, labor and community leaders in their call for a vote on immigration reform in 2014.
Rudy stopped by City Hall to meet with Mayor Hodges and some of the city council members. He shared his story of fasting for 22 days in November and December of 2013 to bring attention to America’s broken immigration system. Rudy was one of many people who fasted on the National Mall, which drew support from Minnesota leaders, as well as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
While at City Hall, Rudy and Mayor Hodges joined a number of leaders from the faith, labor, and business communities to hold a press conference talking about the importance of passing immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.
“America’s immigration system is clearly broken. We have more than 11 million aspiring citizens who are living in the shadows of our society, even though they already contribute to our communities and our neighborhoods. They need to live without fear of their families being torn apart. Strong families are the building blocks of strong cities – we need to keep families together, we need to reunite families and we need to ensure there is a pathway to citizenship for all aspiring citizens. I urge Congress to pass immigration reform this year, so all cities, including Minneapolis, can take a critical step to ensuring that all people contributing to our society have the same opportunity to thrive.” – Mayor Betsy Hodges
Below are some pictures from the event. Thank you to John Keller of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota; Rev. Paul Erickson with the St. Paul Area Synod of the ELCA; Emilia Avalos with Navigate MN; and Abena Abraham, a high school student and DREAMer for all taking part in today’s event.