Rahm Emanuel to Fast for 24 Hours in Support of Immigration Reform

Ted Cox, DNA Info, December 12, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to fast for 24 hours beginning later Thursday in support of the push for immigration reform, saying “we are sending a clear message to Congress that the time is now.”

Emanuel was in Washington, D.C., Thursday to join in a panel discussion on closing the so-called workforce skills gap and how to get training to those who need it.

But he announced plans to return to Chicago to join in a 24-hour fast in support of those who’ve been fasting on the National Mall in the nation’s capital since November. {snip}

Emanuel was scheduled to join aldermen in the protest fast, starting with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at St. Pius Church, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., in Pilsen at 7:15 p.m.

“On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we join people from all over the country who are making an incredible sacrifice to remind our leaders what is at stake in the fight for immigration reform,” Emanuel said in a statement. “We are sending a clear message to Congress that the time is now for comprehensive immigration reform, it just cannot wait any longer.”

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According to the Mayor’s Office, Aldermen Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and Lona Lane (18th) also planned to take part in the 24-hour fast.

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