By Pete Kasperowicz - 12/03/13 11:20 AM EST
Activists who are fasting to draw attention to the need for immigration reform appeared in the House chamber late Monday evening, drawing cheers from Democrats as they voted.
The immigration fasters appeared in between two votes, prompting House Democrats to look up and cheer their arrival.
Republicans largely ignored them, and the presiding officer called for the next vote as Democrats continued to cheer.
"I'm so proud that our House of Representatives showed its respect to the strength of the message of our guests here today," she said. "Because immigration is about America. It's who we are, by and large, a nation of immigrants."
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said on the floor that she also met with the fasters, and called for a bipartisan immigration proposal.