“Fast for Families” Bus Tour Calls on Congressman Royce to Support Immigration Reform

Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Julio Perez addresses Fast for Families Rally in Brea on 2/25/2014 (Photo: Lou Delgado)

Orange County Labor Federation Executive Director Julio Perez addresses Fast for Families Rally in Brea on 2/25/2014 (Photo: Lou Delgado)

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.

Fast4FamiliesBusLast 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.

Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)

Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)

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.

  6 comments for ““Fast for Families” Bus Tour Calls on Congressman Royce to Support Immigration Reform

  1. Robert Lauten
    February 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    During an Ed Royce –Town Hall, some 15 years ago, I recall the Congressman saying that one of the reasons why he voted against NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was because he knew that we would lose control of our borders.
    NAFTA is much more than a trade agreement. It’s a framework for an economic union between Canada, US, and Mexico. After the economic merger comes the political merger. Only political governance can dictate border security or the lack thereof.
    NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, flood the workforce with unskilled labor which drives down the cost of labor.
    Regional governments don’t protect their internal “borders”.
    Multinational corporations love open borders and cheap labor.
    Democrats love to Import Poverty and then pass out the “free” stuff for votes.
    Republicans love to drive down the cost of labor to please their corporate bosses.
    Labor Union leaders are Globalists.
    The participating “Faith” coalitions are Satan’s disciples – creating as much human misery as possible.

  2. Gizelle Wagner
    February 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    What frustrates me unendlessly is the presupposition that our immigration system is broken. There’s a well-established path to citizenship already, as well as channels to accommodate said path. What exactly about the channels are supposedly broken?

    I am saddened when families are separated…believe you me. But how, rationally- (read: not emotionally-) speaking, is that even relevant?

    How is the current system not addressing the needs of “aspiring citizens?”

    You use glittering generalities of raising the quality of jobs for *all* workers…does that mean I’m likely to make more money? Have better hours? Or should it read “raising the quality of jobs for all workers (for selective values of “all”)”?

    Besides, what matters about the constituency is who is able to actually participate in the elections. If the constituency is legally-resident, and they care enough about their representation, then the remaining steps are relatively painless. If they aren’t…well there’s the previously-mentioned, well-established path.

  3. Ev Miller
    February 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Rep. Royce would do well to remember whom he represents – citizens in his district, the state of California, and the nation, not illegal alien lawbreakers. How sad that families must be broken up — they are broken up when a criminal is convicted and goes to jail. Don’t send him to prison because his family will be sad? Our immigration system is not broken. Enforce federal law against hiring illegal aliens and against harboring (renting) them and they will self-deport. Many of our state elected officials are afraid because their districts have gone Latino – so the dunces pander and grovel for votes, thinking Republicans will be loved. That will not happen. It will be the end of the Republican Party – that’s what they get for being beholden to their corporate bosses and the Western Grower’s Association for cheap labor.

  4. Ida MacMurray
    February 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I was at the Fast for Families event on Tuesday and was disheartened to hear the Korean DREAMers, who live in the 39th CD, explain how frighten they are of having their families split up. I encourage the House to bring Immigration Reform to the floor and have both sides of the aisle debate all the issues for and against. Then take a vote. That is the democratic process.

  5. Robert Lauten
    February 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Ida MacMurray,
    Call the vote:
    The Senate passed their Immigration bill S.744. Please ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to send the Senate’s bill to the House for a vote.
    Deportation fears:
    One would have to (1) commit a serious Felony or (2) be caught re-entering after being deported previously.

  6. Robin
    March 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Family reunification in the home country. Stand up and FIGHT in your homeland and stop bullying U.S. congress members.

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