An unexpected visit from Vice President Joe Biden provided a late-week boost of energy for fasters on the National Mall, several of whom are on their eleventh day without food.
It also added to the momentum that is building in support of commonsense immigration reform, one day after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that, contrary to his own earlier statements, reform is “absolutely not” a dead issue in the U.S. House.
“Thanks for what you’re doing. We’re going to win this–as my father would say, come Hell or high water,” Biden told “Fast for Families” volunteers before meeting privately with the fasters. He prayed with them and told them that the 11 million undocumented men, women and children seeking a path to citizenship are already Americans.
Immigration is the source of America’s strength, Biden said.
Watch video from his entrance this morning:
The vice president is the highest-profile public official to meet with the fasters, but hardly the only one this week or even today.
Shortly after Biden left, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) became the second Republican to trek to the tent, which can be seen from the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
In the last 11 days, activist Gloria Steinem, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Representative Denham (R-CA) and Reverend Jesse Jackson have all visited to stand in solidarity with the Fast for Families.