Congressman McCarthy meets with sit-in protesters

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy, right, meets Wednesday night, Nov. 6, 2013, with immigration reform protesters. (Photo courtesy of BerlinRosen Public Affairs)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — At least a dozen women staged a sit-in Wednesday at the office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

The women, protesting for immigration reform, vowed to stay in the office until McCarthy met with them and listened to their demands.

He finally did, late at night.

"As a leader, he needs to bring a proposal of immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship to the floor," said Charlene Gomez, a protester with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The women had been at McCarthy's office since 11 a.m.

"A few of the women have headaches," said Gomez on Wednesday night before the McCarthy meeting finally happened, "but they are willing to make that sacrifice, because our families have been separated for far too long."

McCarthy's representative Vince Fong issued the following statement about the sit-in protest: "Congressman McCarthy has met with these groups and has listened to their arguments, and it is unfortunate that these groups have resorted to these type of tactics, during, and long after, business hours.  Congressman McCarthy remains undeterred toward reforming our broken immigration system, and will continue to listen to his constituents - and not the protests and threats of outside special interest groups - as he works with his House colleagues towards a step-by-step approach."