Wisconsin activists, lawmakers to fast for immigration reform

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Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa.

Wisconsinites will fast on Dec. 11 in solidarity with those on a hunger strike for immigration reform in the U.S. capital.

A release from the activist-advocacy group Voces de la Frontera said state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, other elected officials, immigrant families, friends and faith leaders would fast. So would Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz.

"Across the country, momentum for federal immigration reform and an end to the separation of immigrant families is increasing.  The calls are getting louder for President Obama to use his administrative powers to provide relief from record deportations, and for House Speaker Boehner and the Congress to act fast on a new reform bill," a Voces statement said.

"Every day 1,100 families are separated due to deportations, and I remember what it was like to live with the fear of not knowing when I'd be separated from my family. I am willing to sacrifice my body without food for one day if this brings the movement one step closer toward legalization with a path to citizenship," said Wisconsin activist Ramon Argandona.

Also, a delegation of Wisconsin activists plan to travel to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 11 to join hunger strikers there. A group of activists fasted for three weeks earlier this year and then a second group, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, began fasting.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

And the president has repeatedly called for passage of a bill.

House Speaker John Boehner has refused to schedule a vote on the Senate bill. The House also has not taken up piecemeal bills, which Boehner previously has said might be a course Republican leaders would pursue.