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University of Texas at Dallas Solidarity Fast in Support of the Fast for Families

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The University of Dallas is one of 13 Catholic colleges that had a team of college students fasting in solidarity with the Fast for Families campaign to win immigration reform. Here are some stories from students who joined the fast from Dec. 2 – 6.

Lauren Bergeron:

“There is a need to help people regardless of whether they are a citizen or not, so I am fasting to remind the world of the dignity of these people.”

Jenna Sommer:

“I chose the fast because I think it will help me appreciate the sacrifices families make when dealing with separation due to immigration issues. This reform is something I wholeheartedly believe in because I think we, as a country, should be welcoming as good Christians should be. Fasting is a great way to pray for this reform and think about the issues families are facing.”

Sarah Kuntz:

“I am participating because I believe that laws should be based in morality. Immigrants come to America, just as our ancestors did, looking for a better life for their families. Through fasting I hope to increase awareness of this issue on my campus and in the U.S. as a whole.”

Rachael Dudley:

“I am joining the Fast for Families because it is very clear to me, as it should be to all, the moral crisis we are in with the process (or rather lack) of immigration. We live in a country of wealth and luxury; when such things are bestowed upon us, it is our duty to serve other people who are not in the same position as us. Many families struggle as parents work hard to give their children a better life; not just as Christians, but as naturally moral beings, we must stand in solidarity to aid our brothers and sisters.”

Clare Myers:

“I chose to fast because these families struggle and sacrifice every day just to make ends meet. By fasting, we join in solidarity with them.”

Caitlin Vaughan:

“I chose to fast because I wanted to do something for this cause that would be feasible for me. As a college student, I don’t have much time or money to offer to help. So I thought fasting would be a good way to contribute even with limited resources. In fact, that poverty also allows me to be in greater solidarity with the families who also live in difficult circumstances, which I hope makes my prayer for them more pure and strong. Finally, I think fasting is an excellent way to help others because any kind of suffering and self-denial can be transformed by God into blessings and aid for those who need them.”

Mary Jane Plote:

“Growing up in a border town, immigration was the big issue. I have friends whose families have been separated for to long trying to overcome the hurdles of becoming a citizen, and so I am fasting for them; as well as the children who don’t see their parents or siblings because their family wanted a better life.”

Daniel Pruit:

“I fasted from all social media, meaning Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and I am still fasting. I wanted to fast for the immigrants and their families to be afforded the same quality of life that the average American enjoys!”

Amanda Salgado:

“As a Hispanic born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I should have been a bit more sensitive and aware of the unjust laws regarding immigration in our country. But honestly, I just didn’t care. It wasn’t until my college roommate at the University of Dallas shared her family’s immigration struggle that I began to realize that there is more to the issue than the way it’s commonly painted: these are not unwanted or forgotten “criminals”, but wonderful, beautiful people who deserve every welcome we can give them and every protection of their dignity as children of God. I am fasting for the conversion of the hearts of our American people and our lawmakers, and for the safety of those immigrants who are here and those who are on their way!”

Liz Magallanes:

“I believe that Immigration reform is necessary now, that there is no more time to waste, because this is not a matter of politics, religion, or ideology. It is a human issue.”

Amanda Jewett:

“In our fasting, we stand in solidarity with all the immigrants who have risked their lives to come to our country and continue to be mistreated. In fasting, I wanted to stand in solidarity with the fasters in Washington D.C. and to encourage our government officIals to act now. As a college student in Texas, I hope to stand as witness for all those whose voice goes unheard.”

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