El Piolín Interviews President Obama

obamaYesterday, President Obama was a guest on “El Piolín por la manana” (on of the nation’s popular radio shows that boast an enormous Latin@ following). Obama and the First Lady were on his show several times during the campaign and yesterday he made the commitment to continue to have a regular presence from the Administration on the show.

During the interview, Obama pledged his support of the Latin@ and immigrant community and his continuing commitment to fixing our broken immigration system.  You can read the full transcript after the jump, but here is a good highlight:

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, as I’ve said every time I’ve been on the show, Piolín, we’re going to make sure that we begin the process of dealing with the immigration system that’s broken.  We’re going to start by really trying to work on how to improve the current system so that people who want to be naturalized, who want to become citizens, like you did, that they are able to do it; that it’s cheaper, that it’s faster, that they have an easier time in terms of sponsoring family members.

And then we’ve got to have comprehensive immigration reform.  Now, you know, we need to get started working on it now.  It’s going to take some time to move that forward, but I’m very committed to making it happen.  And we’re going to be convening leadership on this issue so that we can start getting that legislation drawn up over the next several months.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release                                                         February 17, 2009

INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT

BY EDDIE “PIOLÍN” SOTELO, RADIO

Via Telephone

1:48 P.M. MST

THE PRESIDENT: Hello.

Q    Hello.

THE PRESIDENT: Who am I speaking with?

Q    Piolín.

THE PRESIDENT:  Piolín, my friend, this is President Barack Obama.

Q    How are you doing?  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I am doing good.  I promised you that I would be on the show when I was President, and here I am on the show.  (Laughter.)

Q    You promised me that you were going to be in the studio —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I haven’t gone to Los Angeles yet, but I should get credit for keeping my promise this way.

Q    Oh, yes, yes.  (Applause.)  Yes, but we’re waiting for you because we are celebrating together.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  How have you been?

Q    Great, great, Mr. President.  We have Mr. President Barack Obama with us.  And thank you, Mr. President, for taking the time to speak with us today.  And you make history — we’re so proud.  I know you are the President for everybody.

THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.  Well, you know, it was wonderful being on your program when I was running.  And now I want to make sure that we continue to reach out because you have so many listeners and I think that it’s so important that the Latino community, the Spanish-speaking community, continues to stay involved in politics.

We’ve got a very tough economy and we just signed a stimulus bill today that’s going to put people back to work and provide health care to people who don’t have it.  We signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Now legal immigrants are able to get health care for the first time, which is something that the Latino community had been arguing for, for almost a decade.

And so I think we’re making real progress, but we’re going to have to keep on making sure that all of you are involved as much as possible.

Q    Mr. President, you know, I just want to begin by saying now, today is an exciting today.  Congratulations on your accomplishment.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

Q    And how soon can we expect to see the positive effect of the stimulus package?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think that right away what you’re going to start seeing is, first of all, states and local governments, they’re going to be able to keep people in their jobs.  There was — the budgets are so bad at the state level that people who were teaching in schools, or police officers, or firefighters, a lot of people were going to be fired from their state jobs.  And so we’re going to be able to keep those jobs open.

We’re also going to be making investments and rebuilding roads and bridges and school construction, and that’s going to put a lot of people to work, especially people who are in the construction industries.  With the housing market in such bad shape, they’ve been out of work.  Now, hopefully, some of these construction jobs will become available again.  It will probably take six months to a year before we start seeing a big impact, but at least we’ve now gotten the process moving so that we can start doing a lot better than we’ve been doing over the last several months.

Q    So that means, Mr. President, that now that you have signed the stimulus package, I’m going to receive a raise, a pay raise?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know, the — you, Piolín, are already making so much money that you probably won’t get a pay raise.  (Laughter.)  You know, but for people who aren’t as rich as you, I think that they’ve got a good chance of getting help  —

Q    I’ve been playing, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.  Well, and the other thing is, you know, the — a lot of people who’ve been laid off of their jobs, they need unemployment insurance.  And what this bill does is it makes sure that they keep on getting unemployment insurance.  It means that they have a easier time keeping their health care, even if they’ve lost their job.  So it’s really going to provide a lot of relief to people who need it.

Q    Mr. President, how will the stimulus package help persons who are losing their homes, and how will it benefit those who want to buy a home for the first time?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that’s actually a separate piece of legislation that we’re going to be announcing tomorrow.  And the key there is to make sure that we work with the banks and the homeowners to try to reduce the monthly payments that they make.  And so I’ll be announcing that program, but it’s something that should help a lot of families who are making their payments, but are having a much, much tougher time because home values have gone down so drastically.  So we’ll have an entire separate home program — housing program that we’re going to be announcing tomorrow.

Q    Thanks a lot, Mr. President.  We have Mr. President Barack Obama with us.  And let me tell you this, Mr. President; I’m sure you know, but it’s important to let you know once again, we make a big contribution to our country from all across art, music, labor.  And most important a lot of Hispanics are in Iraq defending the United States, even without being American citizen.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

Q    We need your help.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, as I’ve said every time I’ve been on the show, Piolín, we’re going to make sure that we begin the process of dealing with the immigration system that’s broken.  We’re going to start by really trying to work on how to improve the current system so that people who want to be naturalized, who want to become citizens, like you did, that they are able to do it; that it’s cheaper, that it’s faster, that they have an easier time in terms of sponsoring family members.

And then we’ve got to have comprehensive immigration reform.  Now, you know, we need to get started working on it now.  It’s going to take some time to move that forward, but I’m very committed to making it happen.  And we’re going to be convening leadership on this issue so that we can start getting that legislation drawn up over the next several months.

Q    Mr. President, is there some sort of network we could establish to be in communication regarding the comprehensive immigration reform, and personally what can I do?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know, the key thing right now is obviously we’ve got to make sure that all the people who are involved in immigration reform issues, that they sit down together and they start thinking about how we’re going to approach this problem.  Politically it’s going to be tough.  It’s probably tougher now than it was, partly because of the fact that the economy has gotten worse.  So what I’ve got to do is I’ve got to focus on the economy, I’ve got to focus on housing, and make sure that people feel a little bit more secure; at the same time, get the various immigrant rights groups together and have them start providing some advice in terms of what strategies we’re going to pursue in Congress.

Q    That’s one of the things, Mr. President, I would like to happen.  I’m working for media and knowing that our people worked so much.  And, you know, they came out from the houses, going to work — scary because they don’t even know if they’re going to be deported.  And can we try to establish like a signal, like a network — for example, I like what you did with the financial — financial people, that you set it up, for example — the newspaper from LA, is part of that — those groups of advisors, financial advisors that you put — I like the idea.  How can we have kind of like the thing where I can receive information?  What do we need to do so we can receive a comprehensive reform?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ve got some wonderful people on my White House staff who are working on this issue on an ongoing basis.  And what we’ll do is we’ll make sure that one of those people can appear on your program on a regular basis, giving you information about what we’re doing.  And hopefully at some point you’ll be able to come visit us at the White House.

Q    Any time, Mr. President.  And I would like to be there when you sign the comprehensive immigration reform.

THE PRESIDENT:  All right.  Well, thank you so much, Piolín.  It’s great to talk to you.

Q    Mr. President, you know we are close friends and you know that I have your BlackBerry phone number and you have mine.  (Laughter.)  So keep in touch.

THE PRESIDENT:  You know I will.  Thank you so much.  Tell everybody in the studio I said hello.  I had a great time when I visited you, and everybody there was so nice.  And you were very nice to my wife, as well, when she was on the program.  So thank you so much, Piolín.  Take care.

Q    Take care, Mr. President.  You know, you are in our prayers.  You have our support, and we want to help in any way we can.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you, guys.  Bye-bye.

END             1:57 P.M. MST

49 responses to “El Piolín Interviews President Obama

  1. Thanks for posting this interview.

  2. This is great. Buen trabajo Piolín… Necesitamos empezar una campaña para informar a la gente que no entiende los derechos del inmigrante, o se hace de la vista gorda. Tengo un libro en camino, espero que lo podamos presentar en tu
    show…

  3. I am so glad ,its going to be just fine , my brothers and sisters prayers are answered . I am so happy for all of us . Amen

  4. Amen!!!!!! to that Brothers!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Well i hope the immigration reform bill starts soon or well as he said get drafte in the coming months. And he does realize that we are going to keep on top of it but i have great confidence in him. He we latinos helped boost him into presidency, he sure better not forget that!

  6. Sure, lets just open all the darn borders! Who needs any type of control over a countries borders? Let anyone in that wants to come in, let them bring in all their family members, Heck why not make all of theire countries part of the USA?
    What a lod, don’t you people really have a clue that the house is full and we cannot afford to have 12-20 million additional people here to support while this country is in such a bad state? What happened to having the people who want to come here make their countries better for everyone there? Why come here, fix your problems at home! Just like we need to fix our problems here in the USA.

    If anybody in their right or left mind thinks that any type of Amnesty program will fly this year, or until the economy is back online, they might look into purchasing some swamp land in Florida also! I heard they are having a land sale there now.

    Please, this is not about any type of RACE getting special privilages, it is about common sense, which I think the American public has forgotten, or is afraid to say anything because then the left wing folks call then racists! Well, it si NOT racist to stand up for the country of your orign, and every LEGAL citizen needs to be heard and will be if OB pushes any type of amnesty program! Mark my words, there will be no Amnesty while American workers are loosing jobs at this rate!

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  8. You are absolutely correct Ken D. I agree with everything you say with one exception…There is no way the majority of American people are going to get behind an amnesty with or WITHOUT so many out of work. Do it legally or go back to where ever you came from.

  9. We the People have run out of taxpayer funds because our jobs are gone because our companies have been “regulated” out of business. So, as much as Mexicans would like for America to take care of them – it ain’t gonna happen. America is spent, and We the People are going to have to rebuild it – not Obama. He can’t because his answer is socialism, which won’t fly with We the People.

  10. The second Obama tries to give Illegal Aliens AMNESTY under the guise of earned citizenship he is going to HIT A BRICK WALL…most Americans want the scum gone….yes, I said scum as criminals ARE SCUM, and Illegal Aliens are criminals, therefore visavisa SCUM. In fact, if Republicans in the Senate want to WIN POINTS ON MAIN STREET, THIS IS THE ISSUE with which to win back the Senate. I voted for Obama, but would vote a straight Republican ticket if they used a filibuster to STOP any immigration reform thats not about DEPORTATION.

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  12. Proud Panamian/Costa Rican-American

    Illegal aliens, regardless of ethnicity, religion or race, should have no rights! Everyone is forgetting the key fact, they are here ILLEGALLY. It is the same thing as having a squatter living in your home. Illegal aliens residing in the United States are a disgrace to the law abiding Hispanic Community. Illegals should not have an opportunity to pursue legal residency and citizenship until they are outside of the United States. Follow the laws or leave. Do it the legal way! If my wife, my grandparents and my great-grandparents could follow them, then they should apply to all.

    Signed a proud Hispanic-American Veteran!

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  14. People lets come down ok. Obama is very commited to the problem ,so far he is doing what ever he promised . So Amnesty or not Amnesty the Law will come no matter what Americans think . So get ready for the HOOOT SEAT ….!!!11

  15. This time it will hapend ,Obama is not BUSH …….

  16. To all the haters,
    Immigrants legal or illegal are running this country. But what citizens are doing – designing ponzy schemes to hide their money in UBS or getting pubilicity of 8 kids….Rather than hating move ur ass.

    It was so sick when a Republican of Iowa told Microsoft to fire immigrants (H1 holder) than American. Is not this socialism- to fire a hardworking and efficient immigrant before a looser citizen. And who goes to Iowa – why this stupid fellow is jumping in the matters of Washington state. All the politicians of cosmopolitian states know the value of immigrants.

    If you people are heard forever, US glory is about to end. Very easily open countries like Canada and European countries will cross this nation. Microsoft has shifted its jobs to Canada and IBM told immigrants that they will shift the projects to immigrants’ countries. People who are shifting these jobs are also citizens like u but they have brain. So more loss for the loosers.

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  18. gee, are they going to slip this illegal amnesty thur in the middle of the night. this dog want walk. americans have decided our money is not going to support lawbreakers. get over amnesty for illegals and go home.

  19. You wish Margaret we will get it done you hater ha haaa….

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  22. Did everyone read what Catty wrote? Obama (for whom I voted) will pass this bill “no matter what Americans think .” Now there’s the big problem. Someone would think that’s OKAY!

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  24. Illegal is still illegal! Obama is the master of the half truth and promised everything to everybody so that he would get elected. He nor any of his henchmen have thought of what’s best for legal citizens. Illegals have cost this country and its citizens billions and billions in unpaid health services they received and did not pay for. Imagine if they receive amnesty?!! Costs of running prisons filled with latinos legal or illegal has skyrocketed. Educational costs covering illegals in our schools is unimagineable! Crime by latinos in major cities is rampant as in Chicago and LA, but even in small communities they peddle drugs committ crimes, have formed illegal mobs. Most do not have legal driver’s licenses nor auto insurance, or for that matter health insurance. We have to pay for their sins. Their loyalty is not to the USA – I hear tons are moving back to Mexico now that the US is in trouble! Good! I say go home and fix your rotten country first then, we can be good neighbors, or if you want to come back, do things right!

  25. Delia from New York

    Wouldn’t income taxes from 15-20 million more people help this economy??!?! I am so sick of people always thinking of Mexicans as the only illegals in this country. There are plenty of illegal Irish, Russian, Korean, and Chinese here too. For some reason the hispanics always get the crappy end of the stick.

    I hope to GOD that comprehensive reform is passed soon and as a first generation Italian American I am very proud to say that. I think the haters have already been here 6 or 7 generations and forget what their family went through to be here.

    Don’t think for a second that the United States does not want the illegals here. My fiance is illegal and:
    -he files his taxes
    -has signed up with the selective service
    -has 3 bank accounts with Citibank
    -has 3 unsecured credit cards
    -has a contracted cell phone

    As far as I’m concerened, if you are not a criminal or terrorist, you are more than welcome to stay. This country is a melting pot and will always be.

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  27. Dalia is right. The government wants the illegals here because most of them pay taxes and SS that they will never get back because they are illegal. I will believe reform when I see it.

    Dick is right. Obama just tells everyone what they want to hear. I don’t know why so many people can’t see that. He does the exact opposite of what he says. He wants to bring socialism to America.

  28. that was a very nice interview “Piolin” estuviste fantastico, muchas gracias por tu ayuda con la comunidad latina especialmente con los trabajadores indocumentados,eres una gran ejemplo y te admiro mucho!!!!!
    Gracias!

  29. Okay everybody who is against immigration reform this is for you! There are a lot of illegal immigrants that are married to and have children with U.S. citizens. Now if we do not have immigration reform and those husbands or wives have to go back to their countries. Who do you think is going to support those millions of single parent families? Yes we all are. And we are talking about foodstamps, welfare, medicaid and any other kind of program out there. Why? Because now a days you need two working parents to make ends meet. So I hope and pray that there is immigration reform. Because I believe that families should not be separated. So I hope everybody supports immigration reform, because if you don’t our financial crisis will only get worse!

  30. Cynthia no one wants to separate them. They can all leave together.

  31. Well Nana, that is highly unlikely. It’s sad how many people are narrow minded. Everyone here is an immigrant. Unless your indian. Don’t you remember they were here first.

  32. Why is it highly unlikely Cynthia?

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  35. I want to start off by congratulating Piolin for always giving the Latin Community a magnificent show.

    Secondly, I agree with many of the comments regarding “illegal aliens”. Why does everyone always assume they’re Mexican? It’s not just Mexicans that come to this country. Our very own CA governer comes from an immigrant family. So who are we to judge. Hard work and persistence comes a long way. Do you not remember when you were in class studying… whose land this was to begin with? Then, came along and took what wasn’t theirs!! This economy is aweful, at it’s worst we all agree on that. Having more people paying tax dollars will help the economy. As mentioned, if we don’t fix this, everyone is going to go get food stamps, welfare, etc. And… NO… immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens. Since I have knowledge, I don’t recall seeing any “white” boy working in the field, in the kitchen, or working those labor jobs!! I will rest my case when you introduce me to an American Agricultural worker!!! If these immigrants keep going back home, you’re going to stop eating your Caesar Salads, and your Strawberries smoothies!! Don’t you realize, the “immigrant” is needed here to do all the dirty work YOU don’t want to do! And yes, MOST don’t have licenses and soforth.. but why is that? All because of your greed! How does that affect you? It doesn’t!! As a matter of fact, it would benefit the State, an easier way to keep track of how many are here!! You claim there’s 12 million… but there’s more!! HAHA the ones not counted in the census! I do agree we don’t want them all here. I am a born U.S. Citizen, from a Mexican Family. My family work there butt off to come here and yes, they did it the right way. But, those coming in illegally, do so because there’s no other way! If you had to provide for your family, and the answer wasn’t here, YOU would go ANYWHERE to support your family, those that don’t have one… wouldn’t understand. I am FOR sending back all those that come here to do no good, such as cholos, anyone that has done something to harm others. But those that come here to study, work hard, and support a family, should have the right to stay… if there isn’t an immigration reform… USA contradicts what the Constitution entitles… So to all you Racists in Denial… ARRIVA MEXICO CABRONES!!!! WE WILL PREVAIL…

    And lastly, if these so called immigrants you’re pointing fingers at you say aren’t loyal, then why would they be next to your nephew or cousin fighting in the WAR and not in their country of origin fighting over there? People are just neive to think what they believe is right… and I do agree my Dear Ken we will be heard…I, a U.S. Citizen, tax payer, college gradutate, etc… vote FOR AN IMMIGRATION REFORM… STOP DEPORTATION AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES!! It’s not humane to do this to these poor children!!

  36. THE CONVERSATION IS SO CUTE……SO FRIENDLY…I WONT BELIVE OBAMA WAS SUCH A FRIENDLY PERSON !!!

    BRAVO OBAMA….HOPE YOU WILL DO A GOOD JOB AT YOUR TERM..

  37. OBAMA THAK FRIST FOR HELP MEXICO AND I ALWAYS PRIDE FOR YOU THAT ONE DAY YOU WITH CARE ABOUT IMMIGRATION BECAUSE I AM SAD LOOK PEOPLE THAT ARE SEPARED FROM HIS FAMILIY……………………THANKS GOD BLESS YOU

  38. adriana ramos

    obama thanx for helping us and our family we love you

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  40. We have been waiting for so long. Why is this world so cruel? We came her to get better, and we only get booted out.
    Just because Latinos are the only people willing to stand up for immigration, does NOT mean we are bad!
    Chinese, Japanese, African, Irish, German(list goes ON and ON) illegal immigrants are not standing up as a whole to be neutralized, but they are still hoping that the Latino community can help them.
    Maybe one day they will stand alongside of us and help, they can’t sit in the shadows any longer as the Latino community slowly crawls out.

    If the Latino community hadn’t stood up, and the Chinese community had (for example), we wouldn’t be as heavily hated as we are today, they would.

    Be proud to be a Latino, you are one PROUD and STRONG community. Look at Walmart, we are BOYCOTTED THEM in most states because Piolin told us not to shop there, LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED! :)

    Prices are going up at walmart, and going down in the stores we decided to shop at. At least in my community.

    Over 12Million Illegal immigrants, and who knows how many legal ones that are willing to help.

    If you are a legal immigrant (IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT RACE) HELP US, maybe you have a family member or something, if you don’t do anything about it, they will be so limited in the future, so just because you have accomplished your goal, and are a citizen,
    DONT JUST SIT THERE!

  41. OMGEEE! People are so ignorant!! Ok so what makes you all better than all the immigrants? What gives you the right to be here and not them? Cause you were born here? HA! Did you go to school, Do you know who your ancestors are? Unless you are a true native, a native american that is, than you have the right to complain in regards to everybody that has came here and took over the country cause all you prejudice people, all you that are against the reform are full of it and need to go back to school. I am against people that come here and do no good, women that come here and have children and than use the little bit of resources that we have, people that come here and increase are already high percentages of crime, but if they are coming here to work and make an honest living than so be it, because that is what your ancestor’s did and that is why you are in this country. I thank the good Lord everyday for helping my family come to this country 5 generations ago and get us where we are today! To land of the Free and the home of the brave! come on yall let’s get it together and use what the Lord gave us our hearts and our brains and to those of you that think you belong here take a course in social history, you will find that your family somewhere along the lines had to do that same things that people are doing now to accomplish the “american dream” as I said I thank the good Lord and I thank my grandparents for me being able to be where I am today. I work I have an education I love my life and everybody needs to relook at thiers if they are so against this they need to relook at thier lives and see what brought them here and how they got here! Thank you! and God Bless America

  42. If you can’t come here legally, don’t come. If you can’t afford to raise a family in your own country, don’t have one.

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    i will like 2 win tiket so how can i????? my ## is 773-454-1614 my cell bye i love ur show!!

  44. Mr. Eddie Sotelo

    I am writing to you on behalf of Larry D’Arrigo, Peruvian painter and sculptor.
    Because of the Washington march that you organized back in the summer of 2004, a great idea was born. In response to that idea, Larry created the Latin American flag.
    I am writing to you on Larry’s behalf to request the opportunity to participate and present the flag to you during one of your shows to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage month.

    The flag carries the pride of being Latin to all corners of the United States, to the rest of the Latin world and to people like you that support and bring pride to the Latin community. The flag also represents the millions of Latinos living in this country that need a common symbol.

    On October 16, 2009, the raising of the Latin American flag took place for the first time in Union City, New Jersey, and several local newspapers covered the unveiling as a major event for the Latin Community. The Latin American flag is now the official flag of the Latin community and will fly every year in Union City, New Jersey, during the month of October.

    On May 22, 2010, the flag was also raised in Paterson, N.J., an event that was covered by several local papers.

    To see a record of these events and all information regarding the flag, please visit http://www.mibanderalatina.com click on events. On the web site, you can also see videos of interviews conducted by the local channel Univision 41 and Univision countrywide, regarding the flag and Larry’s work as well.

    The Latin communities accept and widely embrace the flag, as we continue to travel to bring this symbol of unity to all Latin people across the U.S.
    We are arranging to have a flag raising ceremony during the month of October, as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month, in the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx. Even though, this project is large, the need to bring this concept of unity to all gives us the strength to continue.

    We will be happy to work with you to coordinate the presentation of the flag during the Hispanic Heritage month ceremonies or before.

    Looking forward to your reply,

    Sincerely,

    Cristina Torres for
    Larry D’Arrigo
    718-575-8072
    646-207-8491

  45. The only people tha we all should respect even if you are legal citizen is the Native Indian American one more time NATIVE INDIAN AMERICAN Not racist EuroAmerican Or people from other continents that bring those 1940’s ideas to America this is our continent.
    we should live in peace here in the USA now if we want to stop immigration we should stop it from all peole around the world legal or illegal
    there are many countries that you just ask for Visa to come Legal and you have it those people is the one that most hurt other people and you Have some other counties that don’t get visa just don,t have that opportunity
    the people that come Legal is the one that are able to take other people jobs, because they are legal!
    now let’s legalize everybody and close all the borders.

  46. Many forget that many of the “illegal” immigrants are here in this country because they could not speak for themselves and were brought over to foreign soil, I am referring to many kids, teenagers, etc. who come here because their parents made the decision for them.

    I am one of those kids who came here “illegally”, and to tell you the truth I am sick and tired of people blaming their situation on others, legal or illegal. Many people here are ignorants about the issue and I can only say that their current situation (socioeconomic and way of mind) is due to their poor education; partly because they did not take advantage of the great opportunities given by this country.

    I laugh at people who claim to be “True Americans” but in fact they are nothing but true hypocrites. An example is my stepbrother who happens to be “white”, he claims to be a “True American” however he has done nothing for the privileges given to him by this great nation, instead I who came here illegally chose to go to the armed forces in ordered to pay back some of those great opportunities given to me (I need to mention that I also followed the tradition of my stepfather and family of serving in every and single war and this his son at birth did not want to follow [cowardice}…Now tell me, who is more of a “True American”? A born citizen who is always criticizing and complaining and even afraid to defend and SUPPORT this nation, or an “alien” who was not even born in this country yet chose to defend the values and principles that this nation stand for…EXACTLY.

    The opportunities are here FOR EVERYONE not matter if you are here legally or illegally, I have to mention also that many people against immigration reform are nothing but an X generation of legal OR illegal immigrants, thats it, and there is nothing more to it.

    By the way, a recession only affects those who didn’t take advantage of the education system in America, also in part because they are not SMART enough with their finances. I

  47. Many forget that many of the “illegal” immigrants are here in this country because they could not speak for themselves and were brought over to foreign soil, I am referring to many kids, teenagers, etc. who come here because their parents made the decision for them.

    I am one of those kids who came here “illegally”, and to tell you the truth I am sick and tired of people blaming their situation on others, legal or illegal. Many people here are ignorants about the issue and I can only say that their current situation (socioeconomic and way of mind) is due to their poor education; partly because they did not take advantage of the great opportunities given by this country.

    I laugh at people who claim to be “True Americans” but in fact they are nothing but true hypocrites. An example is my stepbrother who happens to be “white”, he claims to be a “True American” however he has done nothing for the privileges given to him by this great nation, instead I who came here illegally chose to go to the armed forces in ordered to pay back some of those great opportunities given to me (I need to mention that I also followed the tradition of my stepfather and family of serving in every and single war and this his son at birth did not want to follow [cowardice}…Now tell me, who is more of a “True American”? A born citizen who is always criticizing and complaining and even afraid to defend and SUPPORT this nation, or an “alien” who was not even born in this country yet chose to defend the values and principles that this nation stand for…EXACTLY.

    The opportunities are here FOR EVERYONE not matter if you are here legally or illegally, I have to mention also that many people against immigration reform are nothing but an X generation of legal OR illegal immigrants, thats it, and there is nothing more to it.

    By the way, a recession only affects those who didn’t take advantage of the education system in America, also in part because they are not SMART enough with their finances. Its as simple as that. Stop blaming others for your current and future situation.

    I also congratulate Mr. Sotelo because he is a prime example of what can be done in this country! So many complain that an “illegal” takes away the job from them but truth of the matter is that they do not want that job in the first place. If you go to a company and really want a job not mattering the conditions or pay, the company will hire you because they do not want to be penalized over having an “illegal” immigrant, however if the job only pays $7.00 and you want $14.00 just because you are “American” guess what…they will hire the “illegal” immigrant, and now you complain he took your job. Be sincere with yourself, but most importantly be SMARTER.

    To end this lengthy comment I only want to say this:
    THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE HERE FOR YOU, IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THEM NOR SEE THEM, THE PEOPLE NEXT TO YOU WILL.

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