Obama visits fasting immigration activists

Published: November 29, 2013

Washington, Nov 30 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama Friday visited activists on a hunger strike in the National Mall demanding that comprehensive immigration reform be passed in the country. He said he was proud of them.

Accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, the president went Friday morning from the White House to the white tents near the Capitol where the activists have camped without eating since Nov 12.

The Obamas expressed their support for Eliseo Medina, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, who has already lost close to 10 kg, as well as to Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium.

The president and his wife spent close to 30 minutes with the activists, but the White House would not reveal what they talked about.

“As families begin to gather for Thanksgiving, I’m thinking of the brave #Fast4Families immigration reform advocates. We’re with you. -mo,” the first lady tweeted.

Organisers hope to persuade people around the country to join the fast for the first three days of December to ask the leader of the Republican-controlled House of Representative, John Boehner, to unblock the path to immigration reform that would give legal status to 11 million people.

The hunger strike began the day before Boehner said that House Republicans would not debate immigration reform during the rest of this year, though the Senate passed a bipartisan reform measure in June.

–IANS/EFE

vr

IANS 2013-11-30 08:12:05

[+]

Tags: ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

Kate Middleton

Pregnant Kate Middleton cancels Malta visit

THE CANADIAN PRESS LONDON, England – The Duchess of Cambridge will not visit Malta this weekend on the advice of doctors, according to a BBC…
Continue Reading »

New Westminster BC crime

Police investigate suspicious deaths in Surrey and New Westminster

Missing Surrey teen Serena Vermeersch’s death deemed homicide JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI Suspicious circumstances surround two separate deaths discovered in Surrey and New Westminster this…
Continue Reading »

fried rat in food

Customer finds fried rat mixed in pakoras at Indian railway snack kiosk

VANCOUVER DESI A snack kiosk at a railway station in Western India has been closed down after a customer found a fried rat mixed in…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

New Westminster BC crime

Police investigate suspicious deaths in Surrey and New Westminster

Missing Surrey teen Serena Vermeersch’s death deemed homicide JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI Suspicious circumstances surround two separate deaths discovered in Surrey and New Westminster this…
Continue Reading »

Surrey mayor

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts throws hat in federal ring, plans to run for Conservatives

CASSIDY OLIVIER VANCOUVER DESI Dianne Watts opens the door to her spacious South Surrey home, smiles and offers a hand as her three large dogs…
Continue Reading »

Teachers strike BC

Smyth: So you thought the B.C. school dispute was all settled?

MICHAEL SMYTH VANCOUVER DESI Despite Christy Clark’s declaration of labour peace in our time, there’s nothing to stop the government and teachers union from ripping…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

deportation-Canada

Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

Simian death-monkey god

Monkey gets Hindu cremation by Indian villagers to avoid misfortune

VANCOUVER DESI In a bizarre sequence of events, almost 200 youths shaved off their heads to ward off ‘ill omen’ brought on by the death…
Continue Reading »

swimming

Bull makes a splash, interrupts state level swimming competition in India

VANCOUVER DESI An unlikely contestant — a bull, interrupted a state level competition in India by jumping into the pool to swim with participants, according…
Continue Reading »

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »

calf

Villagers worship ‘miracle’ calf in India born with third eye (w/ video)

VANCOUVER DESI People are flocking to a small village in southern India to worship a “miracle” calf believed to be an incarnation of a Hindu…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone’s one night stand

VANCOUVER DESI Indo-Canadian porn star-turned-Bollywood actress Sunny Leone is all set to romance Rana Daggubati in her next film titled One Night Stand, according to…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

‘Bang Bang’ turned down ‘Bigg Boss’ offer?

IANS Mumbai – TV shows are considered an important platform to promote a film before its release, thanks to its wider reach. However, it seems…
Continue Reading »

Desi Sex

Gallery: Bollywood’s on-screen sex queens

VANCOUVER DESI When it comes to lighting fire on the silver screen, our Bollywood actresses don’t shy away from lovemaking scenes. But some are more…
Continue Reading »