Game On: Obama will Move on Immigration Reform this Year

Today, President Obama heard our cries for immigration reform, and he has responded to our calls for action! An article appeared in the New York Times breaking the story of Obama’s intention of moving on comprehensive immigration reform this year. All I have to say is – it’s about time!


According to the article Obama “plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.”  The President will speak publicly about his intentions in May and will begin rounding up a team of experts and advocates this summer, in order to begin crafting the legislation.

This news is an affirmation that Obama will make good on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

He said then that comprehensive immigration legislation, including a plan to make legal status possible for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, would be a priority in his first year in office.

This is a  politically savvy move – Latino and New American voters turned out in record numbers for Obama this past November.  But the bottomline may not be political,  it may be that this is the right move for the economy. Immigration reform is a crucial part of any plan to get our economy back on track. Not only will bringing workers out of the shadows increase wages across the board, it will increase our tax base, reward responsible employers and ensure fairness in the labor market. If  we want a level playing field where both American and immigrant workers are treated fairly and if we want to make sure everyone pays their share of taxes, we need comprehensive immigration reform.


The article goes on, unfortunately, to cite too of the most infamous anti-immigrant groups in the country, FAIR and Numbers USA. Both groups are quoted giving reasons for why moving on immigration reform would be “politically disastrous” for Obama. But, they seem to have underestimated both the President and the groundswell of support for reform that we have been witnessing across the country.

Just last month, Mr. Obama openly recognized that immigration is a potential minefield.

“I know this is an emotional issue; I know it’s a controversial issue,” he told an audience at a town meeting on March 18 in Costa Mesa, Calif. “I know that the people get real riled up politically about this.”

But, he said, immigrants who are long-time residents but lack legal status “have to have some mechanism over time to get out of the shadows.”

Immigrants need a way out of the shadows in order to help fix our economy. Fair and NumbersUSA clearly have no understanding about economic policy and no sense of what it will take to mend our communities and bring prosperity back to our families.  They are driven by their ant-immigrant agenda, no matter the cost.

Across the country, advocates are gearing up for May 1st, a day typically used to celebrate immigrant rights and remembered for the massive immigrants marches in 2006. Advocates, immigrants, faith leaders, community leaders and elected officials are all ready to stand with the President and make sure that immigration reform is passed in 2009.


Anticipating opposition, Mr. Obama has sought to shift some of the political burden to advocates for immigrants, by encouraging them to build support among voters for when his proposal goes to Congress.

Marissa Graciosa of FIRM made this statement earlier today:

We endorse President Obama’s call for immigration reform and admire his courage to fight for something we all know must get done. This is the kind of bold and visionary action we expect from our political leaders.  Climbing our way out of this economic crisis means forward thinking policies that include fixing a broken immigration system that has created a servant class in our midst. America’s economy cannot recover if we allow 12 million immigrants to continue to live and work in the margins of our society.

Obstructionists will throw everything at this Administration’s attempts to create a society which recognizes the inherent value and worth in us all.  For too long we have shrunk in the face of key decisions that must be made to get our country back on track. We will not allow this to happen.

We’ve seen first hand the pain of immigrant families ripped apart by unjust raids.  Our communities and our nation have suffered long enough.

You know what that means? That means that our time is NOW. We must not only continue to fight for reform, but we have to bring our efforts to the next level.

Mr. President, you can count on us to make just and humane immigration reform happen this year. Game on!

23 responses to “Game On: Obama will Move on Immigration Reform this Year

  1. rapidsidekick

    This is fabulous news indeed!

    I agree that it is smart of the Obama administration to at least party approach this policy reform in terms of our ailing economy. Perhaps framing it as such will allow those who are against humane immigration reform to broaden their perspective on the situation and understand that comprehensive reform is good in a vast majority of ways.

    Well done, FIRM et al, and I look forward to following this issue with you over the next years!

  2. Albert F. Pishioneri

    Immigrants have been the strength of America from the very beginning of our Nation and it will always be. We need reform that will benefit all Avericans. A JUST REFORM THAT IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY, NOW AND INT THE FUTURE. AL PISHIONERI

  3. Keith Raymond

    Instead of continuing to opine on this web-site, I now believe it’s time to engage some of its members.

    First up- Ms. Marissa Graciosa.

    Here are a series of questions that I would like to answer:

    Are you a citizen of the United States and have always been?

    Do you have friends or family that are either here illegally or desire to but have not as yet violated Federal Immigration Laws similar to 12 million others before them?

    Can you explain how changing our Federal Immigration Laws will enable us to climb out of econonic crisis and, if we don’t, our economy will not recover?

    Can you explain how ICE raids are “unjust” in light of the fact that they are conducted pursuant to Federal Immigration Laws against illegal aliens that have violated the same? (Keep in mind that you don’t willfully and knowingly violate laws because you don’t like them (otherwise we’d have a lot of lawlessness in this country).

    I await your response.

  4. David Toledo

    Dear Friends: Our nation has had the leadership in very important changes through the history. Please help president Obama to keep his word and promise for changes. I supported Obama since the beggining of his campaign because he is my hope of truly change for all of us. A comprehensive reform will help to millions of american children to keep their parents taking care of them With a immigration reform we can avoid the sadness, depression, anxiety and stress post traumamatic that our children are suffring for the lack of justice in our country.
    David Toledo,MA
    Secretary of Immigration.
    Peruvian American Political Action Committee New Jersey

  5. Robert Gittelson

    While I cannot presume to speak for Ms. Graciosa, I would like to take a quick stab at the questions of Mr. Raymond, (above). First of all, his first two questions are irrelevant and inflammatory. However, his questions 3 & 4 are worth speaking about, because restictionists will be forwarding their misguided answers to these questions, so we might as well start to try to educate the vocal minority of anti-immigrationalists.

    As to the “economy” question, immigrants, both documented and otherwise, contribute positively to our economy and national security, (very much linked issues), in the following ways: Tax revenue, (no, they do not cost more than they contribute – especially when you take into account the subsidiary tax revenue that they contribute to our economy), productivity, (enabling us to compete against our foreign competition – if you think our trade deficits are bad now, try things without the 12-20 million undocumented). Social Security, (we will need these immigrants, and many, many more to stabilize the system going forward), it will allow 12-20 million people access to bank accounts, reducing the need of deficit spending TARP bailouts to the banks. It will add “insured” drivers to our roads, providing a fiscal stimulus to insurance companies such as AIG, and not through TARP.
    I could go on and on, but there are a multitude of economic reasons to pass CIR.

    As to his “unjust” question, again, there are a multitude of reasons to pass CIR on humanitarian grounds. However, I will leave you with this one: If our borders were left intentionally “lax”, and our government intentionally did not enforce employer sanctions, then isn’t the United States complicit in the presence of these undocumented economic refugees? If we were complicit, which we were, than doesn’t it follow that we therefore are at least partially to blame to the presence of these people here? Of course it does, and we owe it to ourselves to fess up to our share of the burden, and we owe it to these 12-20 million people to make it right, and bring them out of the “second class citizen shadows.”

    Robert Gittelson

  6. Keith Raymond

    Let me first say that I appreciate and respect Mr. Gittelson’s response to my questions that were directed toward Ms. Graciosa (although I would still like to hear from her).

    With regard to my first two questions concerning Ms. Graciosa’s citizenship and the status of her friends and family as legal or illegal immigrants, both are relevant because it provides readers with both insight and motive behind her April 9, 2009 comments. For example, were her comments fact-based or little more than rhetoric based on her emotional ties to the Hispanic community. Were my questions inflammatory? Perhaps to someone that allows their emotions to get in their way, but they weren’t intended to be. Sometimes you have to ask tough questions to get straight answers.

    With regard Mr. Gittelson’s responses to my last two questions, I offer the following:

    I. The Economy Question

    The notion that the fate of our economy hinges on whether we change our Federal Immigration Laws is not only laughable, it’s absurd. We didn’t get to where we’re at because of a so-called failed immigration system and we’re not going to get out of it by changing it. Thus, Ms. Graciosa’s and Mr. Gittelson’s comments represent nothing more than an attempt to exploit one’s fears and concerns regarding the current economic crisis by playing the “we can help if you’ll just give us amnesty” card.

    No question the presence of illegal immigrants in this country cost more than they contribute is a hotly debated issue. I personally believe that they do.

    Mr. Gittelson points to the tax revenue contribution of illegal immigrants. What he fails to mention is the huge amount of taxpayer dollars they consume. To wit:

    Below is web address to the Center for Immigration Studies that provides an exhaustive, albeit dated study on the subject entitled “The High Cost of Cheap Labor”.

    Although the study acknowledges that illegal immigrants pay about $3 billion in taxes and $7 billion in Social Security, it also points that they consume about $26 billion from the U.S. Treasury, thereby leaving a deficit for U.S. taxpayers to cover in the amount of approximately $16 billion.

    With regard to Mr. Gittelson’s comments about Social Security, although illegal immigrants pay about $7 billion annually into Social Security , they can’t legally claim that money under current law. If , however, they are allowed to become citizens, they’ll darn sure get that money back. Further, the fact that most illegal immigrants are at the low end of the earning scale will allow them to get more back then they ever paid in under the program’s current structure.

    And that is just at the Federal level.
    At the State and local level it’s equally bad because the individual states get stuck with the tab for education, healthcare and prisons. While it’s true that illegal immigrants pay state and local taxes, they typically don’t earn much so the amount of taxes they pay are relatively low. The disparity lies in the cost to educate and provide healthcare to illegal immigrants and their families which far exceeds the amount that they’re paying in state and local taxes.

    In that regard I’ve provided the web address to the Federation for American Immigration Reform that describes a study on the subject entitled “The Costs to Local Taxpayers for Illegal or “Guest” Workers”. The study puts the net cost of supporting illegal immigrants, after the taxes they pay, at about $36 billion.

    Lest you believe that the above studies are biased, below is the address to the United States government’s own Congressional Budget Office (CBO) website where you’ll find a 2007 study entitled “The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments”. Although the study doesn’t attempt to quantify the economic burden that illegal immigrants place on the individual states, it nevertheless agrees that such a burden exists.

    The bottom lines is this: if illegal immigrants are given amnesty and allowed to become U.S citizens, our costs will escalate because they will become eligible for the full complement of social welfare programs that exist for persons with low incomes (e.g. Earned Income Tax Credit, etc.). Below is yet another website that provides a study that attempts to quantify the cost of giving amnesty to illegal immigrants. Briefly, it estimates the cost at approximately $2.6 trillion over several years.

    Thus the evidence is overwhelming that illegal aliens cost more than they contribute, a fact that will only get worse if they’re given U.S. citizenship.

    II. The Unjust Question

    The notion that the government is somehow responsible for the presence of illegal immigrants in his country smacks of irresponsibility. Such statements sidestep the fundamental responsibility that every human being- U.S. citizen or otherwise, has to comply with the law.

    We’re not talking about wayward cattle that can’t comprehend the difference between right and wrong or differentiate between a downed barbed-wire fence and an international border. Were talking about human beings with the ability to think and comprehend while standing on their own two feet that make the conscious decision to enter this country illegally, despite the fact that the government has laws against it and even offers a way to do so legally. In other words, they knowingly and willfully made the decision to violate the law. To blame the government and claim that it is somehow complicit in that regard is a typical example of shifting blame and accountability.

    To analogize, I live in a city the population of which is approximately 80,000. Like most cities, we have ordinances that everyone is expected to abide by and a police force of approximately 53 officers that enforce them. One such set of ordinances is related to traffic of which 8 officers are responsible for enforcing throughout an 85 square mile area.

    Everyone knows to stop when the light is red and go when the light is green and everyone knows (or should know) what the speed limit is in the immediate area where they’re driving. Yet not everyone complies and consequently they get fined for not doing so; that is if they get caught.

    If I make a conscious decision to speed in an area that is clearly marked and get a ticket for doing so, can I reasonably claim that the city is complicit in my actions because everyone else is doing it and are not getting caught? Can I rightfully assume that because I don’t see a bevy of patrol cars in the area every day, the city doesn’t really care about speeders, so why should I?

    Of course not. To think otherwise would be irresponsible on my part and would demonstrate a lack of respect for the law itself. So what’s the difference between the above example and that of our government’s enforcement of the Federal Immigration Laws? Absolutely nothing.

    So my message to you is this: take full responsibility for your actions and stop trying to play the blame game.

  7. Robert Gittelson

    I wasn’t my intention to get into a one-on-one debate with Mr. Raymond in this column, but his latest reply to my posting necessitates a firm response, (no pun intended). It has long been my contention that one of the benefits of the upcoming debate on CIR, is that it will give our nation a chance at learning the truth about the CIR issue. It is my belief that this is more about the need to redress misinformation, than it is to address the need for fundamental and factual education. This is because a small minority of well funded and well organized anti-immigration organizations, primarily the John Tanton groups, (such as F.A.I.R, C.I.S., and NumbersUSA), as well as the former pro-Reagan immigration reform, and now pro-Reagan but anti-immigration reform Heritage Foundation, have commissioned anti-immigration propaganda that they have very publicly disseminated in an effort to mislead the public on this issue. Unfortunately, the arguments, such as they are, of Mr. Raymond, are textbook examples of this misinformation campaign.

    Here is a fact. According to Tax Law Professor Francine Lipman, writing in the Harvard Latino Law Review in 2006, “Eighty-five percent of eminent economists surveyed have concluded that undocumented immigrants have had a positive (seventy-four percent) or neutral (eleven percent) impact on the U.S. economy.” The most egregious of the minority 15% of the “economists” that insist that the opposite is true are not surprisingly shilling for FAIR, CIS, and the Heritage Foundation, so Mr. Raymond scores a perfect trifecta in the misinformation game.

    As to the other study that he sites, the CBO report, in point of fact, that report details a perfect example of just why CIR is so urgently needed. Mr. Raymond points out that, “Although the study doesn’t attempt to quantify the economic burden that illegal immigrants place on the individual states, it nevertheless agrees that such a burden exists.” However, I would like to point out that the burden discussed in the CBO report is the burden placed on specific localities that have large immigrant populations that are not accurately accounted for in the latest census. This is why it is so important to pass CIR before the next census. This way, the tax revenue is properly apportioned to the localities that require them. Without a proper census, cities such as Hazelton, PA. did not get the funds that they were entitled to, due to the undercount in the last census. With a proper census, Hazelton would have been much better off.

    In closing, I never said that, “the fate of our economy hinges on whether we change our Federal Immigration Laws.” However, I am simply pointing out that the facts of the argument dictate that the fate of our economy would be much improved through the passage of CIR, and consequently would be dimmed and slowed through the failure to pass this much needed legislation. Let us face reality squarely in the eye. We need to be taking decisive actions to improve our economy, (as well as our society). Since CIR is a very positive step in the right economic direction, we must pass it as soon as it is politically feasible, and all indications are that time is now.

  8. Ernesto Tinoco

    Mr. President Obama
    Go ahead, The Native American Organization support you

  9. Mr. President Obama
    Muchas Gracias (thank you very much)

  10. Keith Raymond

    I am glad to see that Mr. Gittelson has distanced himself from Ms. Graciosa’s statement that “America’s economy cannot recover if we allow 12 million immigrants to continue to live and work in the margins of our society.” The fact that he originally offered commentary on the subject led me to believe that he supported her outlandish statement.

    I’m also glad to see that Mr. Gittelson chose to remain silent regarding my “unjust question” in which he claimed that the United States government was partially responsible (i.e. complicit) for the presence of illegal immigrants in this country. I accept his silence as acquiescence on the matter.

    Finally, regarding Mr. Gittelson’s reference to Ms. Francine Lipman’s commentary on illegal immigrants and whether they cost the United States government more than they contribute, I point out that Ms. Lipman is a self-proclaimed human rights activist (there’s some insight behind her immigration diatribe) that chose to remove herself from the real world of business and resurface as a teacher behind the insulated walls of academia.

    For every study that Mr. Gittelson can point to that supports reform of our immigration laws, I can likewise point to one that is opposed to it and will in future posts. So consider this as a “placeholder” if you will. So for now, let’s shift our attention to the trenches where the illegal immigration battle is actually being waged.

    I have an aunt that retired from the IRS three (3) years ago who lives a mere 30 minutes away in another community. Although not an agent herself, she nevertheless maintains contact with her fellow IRS associates, some of whom are. Through her, I will attempt to visit with one or more of them to learn about their own firsthand experiences in dealing with illegal immigrants and their willingness (or lack thereof) to pay federal taxes and will report my findings at a later date. I’ll also share my own experiences with illegal immigrants that at one time took care of my lawn and some interesting conversations that I had with them.

    For now, I’ve got to catch a flight.


    Keith Raymond

  11. Teodoro A. Palacios

    Charlotte, NC o4/20/2009

    Sr. Presidente Obama : Gracias por mostrar su interes para la comunidad emigrante, al comprometerse a impulsar una Reforma Migratoria Integral Justa ,creemos que solo trabajando juntos podremos lograr una gran nacion, de mi parte me comprometo a trabajar con usted y ser parte de ese cambio. Yo siento una gran alegria al saber que todo el esfuerzo hecho antes y despues de las elecciones valio la pena y ahora vemos la respuesta al trabajo realizado por miles de personas, gracias a nombre de todos ellos, gracias a nombre de nuestras familias, gracias a nombre de todos los que trabajaron en esta lucha pero ya no estan entre nosotros.Mil Gracias por escucharnos.
    Respetuosamente :
    Teodoro A. Palacios

  12. I know where Mr Raymond is coming from: the far right off course. Anti-immigrant harshness is not going to cut it this year. The right wings had it their way in 2006-2007. Now it is our Presidents turn to pass immigration reform. Immigrants are so called living in the “Shadow” and need this Bill to pass the legislation so they can also contribute to society as a whole. They are HERE what is so hard to understand that. If immigration is not passed this year the immigrants are not going to leave this country which they called home for umpteen years. Therefore Mr. President I humbly ask you and you and Congress to pass this important issue so that the children of immigrants can grow up as Americans and also contribute to social security for the Americans of tomorrow.

  13. I know where Mr Raymond is coming from: the far right off course. Anti-immigrant harshness is not going to cut it this year. The right wings had it their way in 2006-2007. Now it is our Presidents turn to pass immigration reform. Immigrants are so called living in the “Shadow” and need this Bill to pass the legislation so they can also contribute to society as a whole. They are HERE what is so hard to understand that. If immigration is not passed this year the immigrants are not going to leave this country which they called home for umpteen years. Therefore Mr. President I humbly ask you and Congress to pass this important issue so that the children of immigrants can grow up as Americans and also contribute to social security for the Americans of tomorrow.

  14. i hear all the arguements about the cost of an amnesty to the country and taxpayer but when money comes 1st over moralty or finances 1st over humanitarian grounds then i think people need to sit back and reflect on being human.
    president Obama, plz grant an amnesty now. we are all migrants as well as citizens, free citizens of the world.

  15. I_C_and_CRY

    To make a remark to CHUX above me. It IS true that all americans are immigrants. But as the world runs itself with our well run gamley economy and quite a few trillion dollars that we are spending and yet DOESN’t exist. though in a sense we are free citizens of the world, if the laws and all the crap in these bills continue to flow in, truly we aren’t much diffrent than a communist country. Really, i mean think about the taxes we have. sure, they pay for all the nessecities but the extra bulk of it goes to where it supplies the politicians and their behind the backs money game. They supply you with a bill, then they pass you a check under the table, rile up the hispanic community, use them as a political voting weapon. then when they’ve been dried up, they’ll end up like the african-americans and asians. Dead smack in the death hole. If everyone thought like you did “Chux” we’d all strapa lioncloth to ourselves and live in a cave. Sorry, that cave is government property by the way.

  16. 20 million illegal immigrant
    pay a fine of $3,000 per head and
    make them legal. AND save our
    Housing Market. Do the Math…

    20,000,000 (illegal) x $3,000 (FINE or FEE)= $60,000,000,000

    And these people will pay each Avg. Tax $3,000 per year

    Another 20,000,000 (legal) x $3,000 (TAX) = $60,000,000,000

    That’s 120 BILLION into US Economy

    This can be a GOOD JUMP START for this FALLING ECONOMY!!!

  17. Citizen Kane

    12 million is the ultra-conservative estimate of the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. today with some estimates saying it would be closer to 30 million. As I recall we granted amnesty back around 1986 for a much lower number of illegal immigrants living here with the understanding that by doing so we could stop the influx. Looks to me like it just encouraged even more to try their luck and from what the President is saying they have gambled and won. So my question to everyone posting here is:

    How many more will we grant amnesty to NEXT time?

  18. I do not think all illegal immigrants be given amnesty thoes who have bad records or who have not been here 10 or more years need to go back and apply for there rights to be here. Thoes with bad records should not be allowed at all. As for them costing the USA a lot of money, someone should study poor and low income white’s, natives, and any other skin color, to see how much we cost the USA.
    Most of the jobs I have seen them do are jobs that we americans no longer want to do because they do not pay enough. We americans have gotten to greedy and wont work for anything less then 10.00+ per hr. So why not let them stay and work, farmers & ranchers pay them less (saving them money) and the workers spend the money in the towns they live in, which helps the economy.
    We need to make a program that would make it easier & less castly for them to get a green card with stipulations that most of the money they make stayes here in the USA. and not be sent to Mexico.
    So I hope the right bill gets passed and we can all live and learn from each other & not put blame on one thing or another.
    Maybe I should not be saying anything here as my husband of 8 years is still illegal and is needing this bill so he can come back and see his family. I have been working on getting him legal for a long time. If anyone can give me some how to do this cheaply please speak up. Thank you.


    I am a american and in recent times it is shamful to see how many of us with out understanding what these peop, had to live thru would turn our backs on them,degrade them for simply wanting to work for a better future for there children,and yes I belive we are to blame for the way our country is now.We get gov. help,we try to live beyound our means and get in trouble,we have always lived in a country that you can get anything in,how many of you have worked a farm from sun up till sun down and still had to watch your family live in extream poverty?They dont have someone to bail them out if they get behind,and it is very hard to leagaly immigrate I no my husband is mexican we have 4 children,we both work and have been fighting for his papers since 3 day after we got married in 2005,still nothing.I think we as a country need to look at how money hungry and unforgiving we have come of any body not like us.We brought black slaves here then did not want to share our country with theme,we used chinese to help do labour but degrded them while they did our work for us and know it is the mexicans they are here they are not going anywhere,it simply is not possiable to deport them all,and that would cost trillions and still be unsecsessful,why cant we allow them a little of what we take for granted the freedom to live better if you work for it,wouldnt you do it for your child?And we are all immigrants to begin with unless your native american,we came here for the same purpose they did to escape a country that we could not live freely or make a good life in,thats what our country is one nation under god that stands for liberty and freedom to all gods peop,are they not gods children to?and the statue of liberty give me your poor ,your impovershed masses yerning to be free,the very idea our country is based on and supposed to stand for why should skin coler or place of birth seperate us so much that we betray the very foundation of our country and every thing our ancesters fought for ,we foght to free our selves and the the blacks,what is so differant about these peop.

  20. This is my biggest dream i was brought to the U.S.A whe i was about one . I cry at least twice a month. It’s hard trying your best at school knowing you cant even go to college. It hurts so bad seeing all the doors in front of you, but knowing there out of reach. I feel like im living a lie mostly because i can never really talk to anyone about it. Sometimes i think maybe there right and i want to leave to Mexico , but i know my parents just wanted to give me a better life. I dont know what to do anymore. I dont really know anything about Mexico if i did leave. I just get so depressed and wish i could dissapear in thin air. =[

  21. Hello everyone. I just wanted to say that I am deeply moved about all of this. I met my husband three years ago. Yes he is illegal. He came here shortly after his mother passed so that he could make a living and save to get his papers. But when we got married it seemed to get a little harder for him. We have two babies together. There are some nights where we watch the news and see kids being ripped apart from their parents because of raids and will be separated….miles and miles apart. Yes I do agree that if you are going to traffic or deal drugs, be in gangs, and act as a criminal then you should be deported. But for the ones who are trying to find that path to live legally, to contribute to taxes, to be able to be legal and work legal, they should not be harrassed. People, we are humans. We are not animals. I watch how some immigrants are shot on site, beaten, cussed at, and abused. It kills me. I have been here in NC all my life. I dont care who u are if you are trying to do the right thing ( like my husband tries so desperately) we should give them a chance. Please. We stretch out our hands as a nation to many others around the world and most dont even want our help. We need to take a min and look inside ourselves and see that we are all hurting. America is ripping itself apart and we are all to ignorant to stop and think about why we are so bitter towards a certain bunch of people, race, creed, color, sex. Since we, My husband and I, Have heard that there was something under way with this reform we stayed glued to the screen every day when the news is on. He’s so ready to do the right thing that finally he will have the chance to do so it moves him so. Please consider this. I support the immigration reform.

  22. I totally agree with passing the reform. All those against it should put themselves in their shoes to be able to understand why they come to the United States. I’m US citizen and I’ve seen so much racism that its ridiculous all people are equal and should be treated that way SO America isn’t so great if all we do is judge other cause of their color or where they are from. I have family that is illegal and my husband as well he is a great father and husband he pays taxes that he doesn’t get back cause he can’t claim it so that is free money to the government so why complain he deserves to be here no matter what his status is. I’m a US citizen and this is my country too so my opinion should matter as well as others. I also feel for all those that are suffering like my family but if we stick together God will grant us our freedom and happiness.

  23. Mr. Raymond, won’t you come back?

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