New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker will join Fast for Families activists in Washington, D.C., for a 24-hour fast in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
“I’m sure that there are those who said, when Dr. King led marches and boycotts, that that was extreme and not herding the cause of movement to civil rights. I’m sure that there are those who considered Rosa Parks’ defiance in sitting in the front of the bus and not the back of the bus not productive,” Sen. Menendez said on Wednesday during his visit to the fasting tent. “So history teaches us that while we would love to have a government that is responsive to us in the normal course of events, that sometimes a normal course of events isn’t enough to accomplish the goal.”
The Fast for Families activists began their protest on the National Mall last month to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the new year.
Sens. Menendez and Booker are the latest lawmakers to join the fast. Rep. Joe Kennedy III led the effort as the first member of Congress to engage in a 24-hour fast earlier in the month.