Boehner should reconsider immigration reform bill

12/16/2013 11:10 AM

12/16/2013 10:55 AM

Re "Immigration reformers seize Chavez strategy" (Viewpoints, Miriam Pawel, Dec. 4): I admire Eliseo Medina's perseverance in fasting to try to gain public awareness and appeal to Speaker of the House, John Boehner about the immigration reform bill. I think that Boehner should reconsider handling the immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate because immigration is an important national issue. Considering that America is built from a collection of immigrants, immigration reform should not be taken lightly. Medina's public gesture of fasting for 22 days is symbolic of the time when national icon Cesar Chavez fasted for 25 days in his fight to have union contracts signed. Medina's action has labeled Boehner to be a bully. Boehner refused to listen to what Medina has to say about immigration, a decision that makes him seem unreasonable and Medina more sympathetic and moral.

-- Yu Chen, Sacramento

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