Event urges folks to fast, pray for families impacted by immigration laws

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SALT LAKE CITY – An organization that is traveling across the country and encouraging people to fast on behalf of immigrant families during Lent was in Salt Lake City Saturday.

Members of Fast for Families Across America were at the Episcopal Church Center, 75 South 200 East, at noon, and the stop was part of their national bus tour that will span more than 14,000 miles.

Rudy Lopez is advocating for immigration reform, and he has fasted for 22 days while listening to and sharing the stories of families separated by borders.

Lopez, who has had only water during his fast, said the issue is one he has personal experience with.

"My cousin Martin who crossed the desert with the help of a human smuggler, got sick along the way and was abandoned,” Lopez said. “Ten days later, they found his body on the property of a ranch. My cousin died cold, hungry, and alone. And over 400 people each year meet that same fate."

Lopez and others are asking people to join with them by fasting and praying every Wednesday during the month of Lent. Visit the organization's website for more information.


  • Vickie Arnold

    Get rid of them. They come here and have strings of anchor babies that we pay for from birth through school. It’s insane.

  • P Patrikk

    AMEN! California may not mind the 12.2 billion dollar cost of ILLEGAL immigration but we do! Im sorry, it’s not the law that separated their family, it’s the law breakers.

  • Dr Leslie Whited

    When laws are just, then surely uphold them. When they are not just, as a community, as a nation, reform the law rather than asking people to be battered against unjust laws. The first few comments to this story do not recognize that this land was first God’s, and then nomadically in presence by Native Americans. All of the immigrants pay taxes which mean that the fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, are investing their taxes into the school system that their children are a part of; and without the right to vote on who represents them or where their taxes go. Reformation is needed so that economic migration (which is not taking away the jobs most American citizens are applying for) and citizenship paths can be about dignity, respect, and egalitarian values. As President Roosevelt (FDR) said not so long ago: “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Our nation is about welcome. Our God is about welcoming all who are created to the table. May we fast and pray in Lent for welcome and lawful, legal, reformation.

    Dr. Leslie Whited (Kaysville, Utah)

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