Obama Visits Activists Fasting for Immigration Reform

Some fasters have not eaten since Nov. 12

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama listens to Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of Service Employees International Union, as he meets with individuals who are taking part in Fast for Families on the National Mall in Washington, Nov. 29, 2013.

President Barack Obama visited activists who are fasting to protest House inaction on immigration legislation in the National Mall on Friday.

Some fasters have consumed nothing but water since Nov. 12, the Associated Press reports. The President mentioned the activists in a speech he had made in San Francisco earlier this week.

On Friday, he and the First Lady thanked the protestors in person “for their sacrifice and dedication.” He told them that their “country is behind them” and that immigration reform would pass—it was just a matter of how soon.

House Speaker John Boehner refuses to schedule a vote on a comprehensive immigration reform measure that the Senate passed this summer.