The “Fast for Families” bus tour made a stop in the Orange County district of Congressman Ed Royce on Tuesday, calling on the Representative to listen to a strong majority of voters and pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Last November, “Fast for Families” reignited the immigration reform debate as a coalition of civil rights and labor leaders fasted for twenty-two days at the doorsteps of the U.S. Capitol. In Orange County, local activists held five-day fasts at the offices of Congressmen John Campbell and Ed Royce. “Fast for Families” bus tours around the country will make more than a hundred stops in key congressional district, calling on Republican and Democratic U.S. House members to pass a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system—one that raises the quality of jobs for all workers, keeps families together and creates a realistic roadmap for aspiring citizens.
On Tuesday, bus tour participants—including “Dreamer” Cristian Avila and SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, who led November’s fast at the U.S. Capitol and were recognized by President Obama for their efforts—joined a coalition of Orange County faith, immigrants’ rights, civil rights and labor groups for a rally at Congressman Royce’s Brea office.
With Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and Latinos accounting for 28.5 percent and 32.6 percent of the population respectively, the 39th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Ed Royce, is a prime example of our country’s changing demographics. In fact, the district has the highest percentage of AAPIs and the fourteenth highest percentage of Latinos of any district represented by a Republican in Congress.
Check out the photo slide-show from the event here, courtesy of our official photographer Lou Delgado.