Monday March 24, 2014
Members of a national group fasting to push the call for immigration reform came to northern Indiana Monday, joining with local reform advocates at a meeting with a staffer of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.
The aim is to get Walorski behind the push for comprehensive reform, an issue that gained momentum last year but seems to be sputtering of late. The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate last June passed a comprehensive reform package, but the GOP-led House has yet to act.
"This is a human and moral issue right now because families are being separated," said Tony Flora, president of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO.
Among those who met with the director of Walorski's Mishawaka office Monday morning were Flora and two fasters from Fast for Families, a group trying to bring pressure to bear on the issue by fasting. The Walorski staffer listened, but didn't convey any significant message to the activists.
"Her position remains somewhat elusive, except to say she's constantly listening," said Flora.
Walorski spokesman Brendon DelToro said the GOP lawmaker has spent hours meeting with local constituents and attending community events on the issue.
The lawmaker "will take a careful look at each bill that is offered. As always, she encourages 2nd District Hoosiers to contact our office to convey their opinions on this issue," DelToro said in an e-mail Monday.
Walorski has been the focus before of immigration advocates. Jesusa Rivera of South Bend, for one, visited her Mishawaka office last November, uninvited, to push the call (look here).