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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with activists yesterday taking part in the "Fast For Families" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in support of immigration reform. The Obamas visited the protestors who are calling for immigration reform, with some having fasted on only water for 18 days.

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"The President and the First Lady are visiting individuals taking part in Fast For Families on the National Mall and offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform," said a White House official.

During their visit, The President and the First Lady thanked the fasting immigration activists for their "sacrifice and dedication" during their visit with Fast For Families on the National Mall, according to a White House official.

"The President and First Lady thanked Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon and all of the fasters for their sacrifice and dedication, and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform," said the White House official. "The President told them that it is not a question of whether immigration reform will pass, but how soon. He said that the only thing standing in the way is politics, and it is the commitment to change from advocates like these brave fasters that will help pressure the House to finally act."

The White House official continued: "Since Nov. 12, immigration activists comprising Fast For Families have abstained from all food except water and are calling for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take up action on comprehensive immigration reform."

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have also visited Fast For Families in recent weeks."

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