Obama Says He Is "Very Committed" To Immigration Reform, Will Start Working On It Soon

Obama on the line. (Photo: White House)

Obama on the line. (Photo: White House)

Between signing the stimulus bill into law and traveling to Canada, President Barack Obama found time Wednesday to fulfill a campaign promise: he went back on the air with the nation’s most popular Spanish-language radio host, Los Angeles-based Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo.

In addition to the usual jokes and amiable bantering, the phone interview produced a small bit of news that only The Associated Press’ Spanish-language service seems to have caught: Obama told Sotelo he would call on immigration leaders in the next few months to begin preparing “a draft” proposal for comprehensive immigration reform.

Update: NPR show Tell Me More posted audio of the original interview here. You can listen to it by pressing Play.

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Obama said it is necessary to start working on reform now, because getting it passed will take time. But he said he was “very committed” to making it a reality.

“Necesitamos comenzar a trabajar en ello ahora. Va a tomar tiempo avanzar eso (la propuesta), pero estoy muy comprometido de que eso se concrete”.

From ImpreMedia’s news website

[The website of Piolín’s station, La Nueva 101.9, doesn’t feature transcripts or audio from past shows. The only version of the interview available online is in Spanish, and not having heard the original conversation, we prefer not to include lengthy direct quotations in English, which could be inaccurate.]

The president also said that getting new immigration laws passed will be difficult. Because the U.S. economy is in worse shape than two and three years ago, when immigration bills failed in Congress, he said it would be even more difficult to pass one now.

Obama called on pro-immigrant organizations to propose ideas on how to pass the reform through Congress. But, he added, before concentrating on immigration reform, he will focus on improving the system for legal immigration.

Since Obama took office, and in the middle of the economic crisis, pro-immigrant advocates have been waiting to hear concrete news from the White House on when the administration will begin to move forward on immigration reform. During his presidential campaign, Obama had said he would address the issue during his first year in office.

As one Los Angeles-based columnist wrote yesterday:

With good reason, (the activists) remind the president that when he was a candidate he promised he would fight to push an immigration reform to end, among other calamities, the raids and deportations that cause so much suffering because they break up our families.

…the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said the deportation program must be revised. But so far the raids continue to terrorize entire communities.

María Luisa Arredondo, op-ed on La Opinión, Feb. 19

85 comments

  1. Ali

    Mr. Obama would do well to remember that ANY immigration system is only is good as the enforcement of its rules. His FIRST step should be to put the systems in place (eVerify, SS no match letters, U.S. Visit, improved processing for LEGAL immigrants) without which no immigration laws can function.

  2. Deport Em

    Obama would be a fool to take up immigration right now. Millions of Americans are out of work and need the jobs the illegals have stolen. States are going broke but still have to pay for the education, healthcare and welfare. The Dems have already shown their colors by stripping E-Verify out of the stimulas.

    Asking illegal lovin groups like LaRaza to assist in reform is like asking an sex addict to create abstinence ideas. Geez, how stupid is that.

    Edited by Feet in Two Worlds for inappropriate language.

  3. Native American

    Its wise of President Obama to start taking care of Immigration Reform, This will open all the other doors to Success, Whenever USA opened its doors to Poor Migrants, Almighty God Blessed us with more prosperity. dose anyone remember the last Immigration reform that went down in smoke because of the Republicans who opposed the bill?
    Well were all now paying for it BIG TIME. Almighty dose not Bless those who are not Caring about his children.

    To those who are afraid about these poor migrant workers who wash our dishes, cars, mow our lawns, Get REAL, If you are a USA citizen and are afraid of losing your LOW MINIMUM WAGE JOB. Then only YOU ARE TO BLAME. Because ANYONE can get educated and learn a profession in USA. STOP BLAMING OTHERS for your own Shortfall.
    President Obama is is the best example of what you can become if you are willing to put the right effort and time . YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR SUCCESS.

    There is no Right or Wrong time for anything, there is correct Effective Action that will lead to Positive results.

  4. US citizen

    Any push for amnesty will fail just like the last time. Too many Americans have been victims of illegal immigration for too long.

  5. Sergi

    It is appropriate for those who would argue our “national security” is at risk in this argument, to find out who is here. By registering and creating a program to penalize those who have entered or overstayed and give them an opportunity to make it right by paying fines, taxes and adjusting to a legal status we can take a huge leap forward in this matter.
    Thousands of families that contain one or more US Citizen are affected, and by honoring thier rights and the constitutional protection to family unity we uphold our tradition of family values.
    We are simply deciding to spend money on enforcement that destroys our economy and creates more social choas or support a prison for profit model that is shameful and degrades our standing in the world as a “humane” nation.

  6. Joe Public

    Obama should work on getting immigration reform through Congress. This will lead to a better system, where those who are legalized pay taxes and get in line to become citizens. It has to be done and Obama will get it done – unlike Bush.

  7. Borderman

    Dpes anyone remember the last big amnesty in 1986? All the enforcement promises that were made to garner enough votes to get that amnesty passed. Employer sanctions was to have been the “cornerstone” of that amnesty. Fines were to have been so expensive and so certain that no employer could stay in business if he employed illegal aliens. Yeah right. The immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was a big lie. We were scammed in 1986 and will be again if another amnesty is passed. All amnesties do is encourage more of the same; an invasion by illegal aliens. Remember 1986! NO AMNESTY

  8. Borderman

    President Obama made promises in order to get elected. That is his problem. We should not stand for turning our sovereignty to another country. That is exactly what is happening. Are we too blind to see what is happening?

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  10. Immigration reform will never really happen. Politically, it cannot. Immigration, politically, represents a bowing down of the majority to a growing minority group who has historically been able to specifically define itself.
    Reforms are realized only when they pave the way to universal realities: one of which in America is the right of an individual to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
    The key word is individual.
    The debates over immigration reform get so sensationalized too quickly; it’s politically a dirty subject, especially with the economy.
    What will need to take place is a new discussion that focuses on the rights and responsibilities of the individual in terms of behavior in this country, in contrast to an imaginary obligation this country has to fulfill the immediate needs of a highly fragmented minority group whose track record of complying with common law jingles behind it like a tin can tied to a cat’s tail.

  11. Delaware Bob

    Obama better realize that Americans don’t want AMNESTY, and ANYTHING that allows these ILLEGAL ALIENS to remain in this Country is AMNESTY!

    Now I can’t say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

    How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ANCHOR BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

    How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

    Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, “NO”!

    If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

    An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed! Obama wants to end E-Verify. The very best tool we have, and he wants to end it?

    I want to wish Obama the best, but so far he has made a few bad choices what with this TRILLION DOLLAR SPENDING BILL for one.

    Then he decides to bail out irresponsible home buyers with our tax money! He certainly is generous with our money but not with his own money. His brother in Africa lives on one dollar a month and he sends him nothing! Don’t you find that ironic? Charity starts at home, not in the White House with OUR MONEY!

    Now back to the ILLEGAL ALIENS. They are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem. They MUST go back to their home Country.

  12. WELL,Obama is very wise man, he should take up the immigration issue now, ITS never a better time then this, Making impossible possible is what he should show everyone. Legalizing millions of people would ultimately help the economy, those illegals are already taking american jobs, so legalizing would atleast force them to pay taxes and buy capital, which would increase ECONOMY, think positive and AMERICA will prosper again GO OBAMA……..

  13. fred

    America can fight multiple foreign wars and keep military bases fully functional around the world, yet American borders can not be secured. millions of illegals get to stay and abuse taxpayer funds. the rich elite globalists that have not left to set up factories abroad now want slave labor in America. This may be the end of America.

  14. Sasha

    Obama is going to do good. He will make all legal Immigrants feel more comfortable and issue them all GC’s , this increases people investing on housing as they know they will settle down in the country. This also will let people setup new businesses that could open more job opportunities for Americans.
    God Bless UNITED States – Land of Immigrants.

  15. Sara

    Why don’t we charge the illegal immigrants $5,000 or even $10,000 for amnesty. That would solve the illegal immigrant problem and help our community.

  16. Native American

    Undocumented immigrants paying more taxes than you think

    Eight million Undocumented immigrants pay Social Security, Medicare and income taxes. Denying public services to people who pay their taxes is an affront to America’s bedrock belief in fairness. But many “pull-up-the-drawbridge” politicians want to do just that when it comes to illegal immigrants.

    The fact that Undocumented immigrants pay taxes at all will come as news to many Americans. A stunning two thirds of Undocumented immigrants pay Medicare, Social Security and personal income taxes.

    Yet, nativists like Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., have popularized the notion that illegal aliens are a colossal drain on the nation’s hospitals, schools and welfare programs — consuming services that they don’t pay for.

    In reality, the 1996 welfare reform bill disqualified Undocumented immigrants from nearly all means tested government programs including food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and Medicare-funded hospitalization.

    The only services that illegals can still get are emergency medical care and K-12 education. Nevertheless, Tancredo and his ilk pushed a bill through the House criminalizing all aid to illegal aliens — even private acts of charity by priests, nurses and social workers.

    Potentially, any soup kitchen that offers so much as a free lunch to an illegal could face up to five years in prison and seizure of assets. The Senate bill that recently collapsed would have tempered these draconian measures against private aid.

    But no one — Democrat or Republican — seems to oppose the idea of withholding public services. Earlier this year, Congress passed a law that requires everyone who gets Medicaid — the government-funded health care program for the poor — to offer proof of U.S. citizenship so we can avoid “theft of these benefits by illegal aliens,” as Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., puts it. But, immigrants aren’t flocking to the United States to mooch off the government.

    According to a study by the Urban Institute, the 1996 welfare reform effort dramatically reduced the use of welfare by undocumented immigrant households, exactly as intended. And another vital thing happened in 1996: the Internal Revenue Service began issuing identification numbers to enable illegal immigrants who don’t have Social Security numbers to file taxes.

    One might have imagined that those fearing deportation or confronting the prospect of paying for their safety net through their own meager wages would take a pass on the IRS’ scheme. Not so. Close to 8 million of the 12 million or so illegal aliens in the country today file personal income taxes using these numbers, contributing billions to federal coffers.

    No doubt they hope that this will one day help them acquire legal status — a plaintive expression of their desire to play by the rules and come out of the shadows. What’s more, aliens who are not self-employed have Social Security and Medicare taxes automatically withheld from their paychecks.

    Since undocumented workers have only fake numbers, they’ll never be able to collect the benefits these taxes are meant to pay for. Last year, the revenues from these fake numbers — that the Social Security administration stashes in the “earnings suspense file” — added up to 10 percent of the Social Security surplus.

    The file is growing, on average, by more than $50 billion a year. Beyond federal taxes, all illegals automatically pay state sales taxes that contribute toward the upkeep of public facilities such as roads that they use, and property taxes through their rent that contribute toward the schooling of their children.

    The non-partisan National Research Council found that when the taxes paid by the children of low-skilled immigrant families — most of whom are illegal — are factored in, they contribute on average $80,000 more to federal coffers than they consume. Yes, many illegal migrants impose a strain on border communities on whose doorstep they first arrive, broke and unemployed.

    To solve this problem equitably, these communities ought to receive the surplus taxes that federal government collects from immigrants. But the real reason border communities are strained is the lack of a guest worker program.

    Such a program would match willing workers with willing employers in advance so that they wouldn’t be stuck for long periods where they disembark while searching for jobs. The cost of undocumented aliens is an issue that immigrant bashers have created to whip up indignation against people they don’t want here in the first place.

    With the Senate having just returned from yet another vacation and promising to revisit the stalled immigration bill, politicians ought to set the record straight: Illegals are not milking the government. If anything, it is the other way around.

  17. We seem to have so many immigration laws now that we don’t have the number of officers needed to enforce these laws.
    Why do we need another round of laws that can not be enforced?

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  19. I think the borders have to be locked off 100% so only authorized people can get through. Then, all illegal immigrants in the us should have 2 years to complete the paperwork and pay the fees. If they can not do it in that time frame – see ya later.

  20. Victor Ordunez

    I have a real problem with the phrase, “Anchor Baby”. It is very despicable when an individual speaks of children as if they where some secret tool that immigrant families use to stay in our country just to get his/her point across. I hate to break the news to these individuals, but illegal immigrants are here with or without babies.
    These people may lack education, but they are not stupid. Illegal immigrants are aware that their children will not save them from deportation, and they live with this fear day in and day out. It is the fear of losing their families that gives them the courage to demonstrate and ask the government to act on their behalf.
    I say they have the right to ask the people in charge for this help. Some people say “But they are here illegally and they broke the law!” That’s about the only law they broke. True illegal immigrants want to remain anonymous because they don’t want to be deported. It is only common sense.

    This comment was edited by Feet in Two Worlds.

  21. America_1st

    The word reform doesn’t indicate the direction immigration is heading. The definition we should be looking for is “Control”. The immigration gate keepers have been sleeping at the switch. This is America and we have a culture and way of life that many before us fought and died for. Immigration numbers should be ENFORCED to the letter of the law. The flow should be controlled to allow the natural process of assimilation to occur. All you have to do is look around and see immigration is totally out of control. Entire communities of immigrants are being established in record time which negates any reason to assimilate and is leading to the colonization of America. “For the people, by the people, of the people” has always meant, the citizens of this country and not immigrants.

  22. tt

    ALL THE 3 LEADERS OBAMA , PELOSI AND THE GREAT HARRY REID SUPPORT REFORM AND THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE DO THE SAME . LOL
    EVEN IN THE SENATE ABOUT 20 REPUBLICANS LIKE
    MCCAIN SUPPORT FIXING THE BROKEN SYSTEM .
    REFORM IS COMING BABY . SIT DOWN , WATCH AND CRY .

    Edited by Feet in Two Worlds for inappropriate language.

  23. Cin

    Everyone knows that Immigrants do not take jobs that Americans do not want. Americans do not want to work in the construction because it is either too hot or too cold. They also expect to get paid really well, but Immigrants do not mind working in the hot or cold weather for a low wage. They are just doing jobs that Americans do not want to do. Americans just want to do the easy jobs which are sitting down in offices and cashing in money not doing too much work. Who do you think have done the houses that you live in? The stores that go shopping at? The workplaces where you work at? Immigrants. The roofs that we all live in, have been done by Immigrants. They suffer a great deal in their home countries not having any way to feed their families and they suffer when they have to leave their families in order to migrate into another country to work.
    Just leave them alone. They pay taxes like we all do, except that you don’t really know. You should do some research before speaking about that topic and complaining that they do not pay taxes or that they are taking our jobs.
    I really do hope that President Barack Obama decides to do something on the Immigration reform and decides to legalize all those 12 million immigrants that are also part of the United States. Like they say, that thy only true americans are the Indian Native Americans that were here before the English immigrated and came to take this country from them. So guess what, all of those who are talking about Immigrants and being racist about it, you are all also immigrants. Ancestors that Immigrated from different countries and decided to settle in the United States of America built by IMMIGRANTS and for IMMIGRANTS. So you should do better to think before speaking about and complaining that Immigrants are taking our jobs. They are good people and you should get to know them and their history on how they immigrated and the reasons why they had to leave their families behind. -I really hope Barack Obama does something for all of them.

  24. America_1st

    The U.S. corporations use illegal immigrants as slave labor and both the corporations and illegal immigrants are breaking the law. At a time like this, corporations still feel their bottom line is more important then what is good for America and that has to change.
    The way of life that Americans have created, was based on dedication, determination, ingenuity and hard work. Many Americans have lived in this country for many generations, so their roots are right here, therefore this is their native country.

    Whether or not this is realized, history tells us that people migrated from one location and spread all over the world so, we’re actually now all immigrants. As an example, at one time Germany was an unnamed and an uninhabited land. The people that migrated to Germany, were not Germans when they arrived, but became Germans after they developed villages, cities, borders, civilizations, societies and eventually laws.

    So in 1776, America gained its’ independence from England and then went on to create, villages, cities, states with names and borders, a civilization and a society with laws. So we the people (born or naturalized) of these United States of America, are its’ citizens. And it is only the citizens of this country that have a vote and the government’s decisions must be made based on what is best for America and American citizens.

    Immigrants that enter the U.S. illegally are breaking the law and should be deported. The U.S. government’s first duty is to the people of The United States of America and the government was created to serve, defend and protect the constitution and the American way of life.

  25. Dennis

    I wish the new immigration reform bills will include the immigration rights for same sex bi-national couples. Many of them suffer from being separated with their partners.

  26. Christian

    Everybody is a pilgrim on the earth. If you were not an illegal,your mother or father was. If your mother or father was not, your grand father or grand mother was. If your grand mother or grand father was not your grand grand-father or grand grand-mother was or may be your grand grand grand grand grand grand grand(x10 father or mother)was an illegal. If the first inhabitants or the Pilgrims thought the same way people think now the Country would not be what it is today: a Great nation and a land of opportunities

  27. Frank

    As a USC, I strongly support an immigration reform Now and not tomorrow. I am very positive that our economy will definetly improve if these millions of illegal immigrants pay taxes. I completely advise the Congress to bring it to the floor as soon as possible. More importantly, if the reform ask the illegal immigrants to pay 10,000 dollars as a fine, I am sure they will do with smiles on their faces, and readers do your math, and you will find our economy alive again. Simple fix.

  28. GOD bless America

    America being the biggest supper power has the responsibility to act in a manner like an elder brother or sister to all the nations of the world. A father or mother feels happy about an elder brother or a sister caring about their younger brothers and sisters. So is the heavenly father-mother going to be happy if America does like wise with the people and nations of this world. This is the surest and the fastest way for America to revive from a crushed economy.
    “AS YOU SOW SO SHELL YOU REAP” is an ever lasting truth-a law, which works all the time. It works on every one and nations of world.

    [Edited for relevance]

  29. sam

    I strongly would support amnesty,which not only solve the problem of the immigrents but also will solve the economy problem as well,As the amnesty wont be given for free to any immigrents,if 1 immigrent pay $5000 or more as fine,1million would be how much?just count……..i salute OBAMA for taking this seriously…and bringing AMERICA again on top,..good luck for new AMERICA…….

  30. GOD bless America

    Request to the editter—Edited for relevance!….I think the meditation given bellow, by JS Godsmith has a good deal of relevance on this blog.

    [Edited by Feet In 2 Worlds]

    Although we understand immigration and related issues are very contentious topics, we prefer that readers make contributions that advance the debate in a mature and meaningful way.

    We will delete lengthy texts copy-pasted from other sources, especially those we find replicating throughout the web.

  31. thats a good thing mr obama want to do cause most of these illegal immigrant help to build this country too and the work that most of them do u don’t find the real citizen do it…most of them leave their country for better cause if america wasn’t the land of freedom no one wouldn’t want to come here..

  32. the day mr obama pass a bill and support immigration i think every illegal immigrant would consider him their second god and the will wish him alot of success more in life who knows he will even run for the second term of presidency too..he is a hero to all and alot of these people depend on him and his word..

  33. Kumar

    Respected Readers,

    “The problem cannot be solved with the same level of thinking which created it.”

    So,it is a must to change.

    You can do the math if 10 million people will be paying $2000 each as a penalty to start the process how much $$$$$$$ we are talking about?

    And don’t forget the taxes that illegal aliens have to pay every month.If each of them will be paying an average of $500 a month what will yearly taxes adds up to?

    Mr Obama is a winner and we have to support him.

    Yes we can do it and we will grow much powerful,prosperous and blessed then ever before.

    Mr Obama we trust you.
    United we stand.

    Kumar

  34. wilmer

    If illegal immigrants pay taxes in trade for permanent residency or Naturalization will be okay. However there has to be a trade off such as if taxes not paid…good bye! Back to the land you were born from.

    Although, I agree with Christian about being a pilgrim on earth. Your born, live in a space of land, work, school, fun, and RIP.

    Cheers

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  36. 1. END AUTOMATIC CITIZENSHHIP
    2. DEPORT. DEPORT, DEPORT
    3 . STOP GIVING THEM A JOB SO THEY WILL SELF DEPORT
    4. STOP GIVING THEM FOOD, STAMPS, WIC, MEDICAID EVEN WITH AMERICAN KIDS
    5. STOP LURING THEM HERE BY SAYING THAT THERE WILL BE A REFORM IN 2009
    6. DEPORT PREGNANT WOMEN WITH ALL THEIR AMERICAN CHILDREN
    7. BUILT THE WALL
    8. DONT EDUCATE THEIR ILLEGAL CHILDREN THAT’S WHY THEY COME HERE!
    9. LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE ARE FED UP WITH THE ILLEGALS

  37. Beti

    If US citizens had done the small jobs …like cutting the lawns and cleaning the toilets then YES they can complain about the hard working immigrants that live in the USA! But they did nt! They left all the dirty jobs to the hardworking immigrants! It is time to help the immigration system and help the United States Economy…..both work hand in hand!!!
    1. Bring the immigrants out of the shadows and make them pay a fine – hence this will help the economy
    2. Fine the employers to let the immigrants carry on working for them and let them apply for greencards – this will help the economy as the Employer will pay the taxes and a fine and the immigrants will pay a fine too! Duhhhh!!!! Help the economy!!!!

    Are some people so stupid that they cant see what our New President Obama is trying to do!!! Or is there another agenda ….i.e. race/color and creed??? Is this why so many are against amnesty?

    lets face it most us citizens cant even plough an orange grove …why because this land was never theres…they stole it from the native indian and alot of the dececents of the native indian are the mexicans…..so lets not have other agendas why you dont want amnesty ….its a beautiful, flourishing way of making money for this great country everybody loves so much and dont want to see it hurting the way it is !!!!!!

  38. America_1st

    Everything in life has limitations and immigration is no different. The Population growth rate has to be set to a level that does NOT to disrupt the economy, the culture, the standard of living and the way of life of middle America. That is and should be the government’s first priority. The natural process of assimilation is extremely important when considering a healthy population growth rate. That’s why there is a limit to the number of immigrants allowed in to the U.S. each year.
    The number of illegal immigrants alone shatters that limit by millions per year at break neck speed, not to mention the legal immigration numbers that have gone far beyond previously set limitations. It would be wonderful to have big hearts and accept everyone that wants to become and American citizen, but growth rate, whether it’s economic or population has to be controlled and balanced to maintain stability.

  39. America_1st

    Kumar, You can have your opinion, but I strongly disagree. That methodology lowers the standard of living and the only ones that win with that mentality are the corporations. The corporations are destroying this country and the government is letting them as they both get richer.
    Immigrants receiving low pay will need two fulltime jobs to make ends meet and I’ll guarantee at some point, you’ll just run out gas. Along with that the American standard of living is dropping lock a rock and the college graduate of today will be paying the huge student loans will in to the future on half the pay that he though he’d make. Now if you’re an illegal immigrant, you probably couldn’t care less, but if you’re a born American that loves this country, then America’s stability should be your first priority. As a country, America has always been generous, but if America isn’t strong, we won’t even be able to help ourselves.

  40. anonymous

    US is a nation of immigrants…..how do you think Europeans got here?……We have to be a country of brotherhood and embrace our immigrants and believe that immigrants are the backbone of our system. If you wonder what I’m talking about, who do you think takes care of your kids? pick the tomatoes you eat at dinner, who washes your car? who serves you a big mac?
    hello?….be smart and keep US being a country of immigrants and enjoy the services immigrants provide

  41. we don’t need to legalize 20 million illegals all of whom are receiving food stamps, medicaid, wic, free education for their illegal children. how is legalizing 20 million going to help the economy! we need people here that are going to work not be on pulbic welfare and benefits. if we legallize the 20 million they will bring another 20 million whom are iliterate, uneducated and poor. they will come here to join the working poor! please open your eyes! no reforman migratoria. pursue of happines i had to put my daughter in a private school because of the schools got so bad with so many illegals invading the schools not to mention the diseases they bring like the bowie school in dallas who had an epidemic of tb. wake up to the reality obama passing a immigration reform will be political suicide and he knows it thats the reason i dont think he will be running for a second term!

  42. America_1st

    The illegal immigrants have lowered the bar. Understanding the server at those famous fast food restaurants is nearly impossible and that’s why I no longer do business with a company that lowers its’ standards and expects me to accept it. I stopped going there when I lost count of the number incorrect orders I received… But it’s not the illegal immigrants fault because he or she doesn’t understand English satisfactorily, it’s mine for not understanding broken English.

    Employers that hire illegal immigrants are doing an injustice to their fellow Americans and you “illegal immigrant” are being used as a corporate pawn. While the rich executives get richer and the American middle class standard of living is decreasing, you “illegal immigrant” will eventually lose your job as Americans start to realize the only way to combat corporate America is stop buying from them and buy from local stores owned by Americans that do not hire illegal immigrants. It is actually coming to that.

    And by the way, you can pick my tomatoes if that’s what you aspire to do, but a machine washes my car during the winter for $5… no illegal immigrant required. I wash it myself during the summer.

    And last, if you want to become an American citizen… and want learn the language… and want to contribute to the economy and society… and want to ASSIMILATE to the American culture… then contact the US immigration department. That’s the only way to legally come to and become part of America.

  43. MIXING POT

    I WOULD MUCH RATHER PAY 5,0000 DOLLARS TO KEEP MY ILLEGAL WIFE IN AMERICA THAN TO BE SEPARATED FROM HER FOR TEN YEARS. MY MWIFE HAS A LOVING FAMILY THAT WOULD DO ANYTHING TO MAKE HER LEGAL. IF DEPORTED SHE WOULD LEAVE BEHING HER USC HUSBAND AND THREE USC CHILDREN. GOD SPEED OBAMA IN BRINGING AMNESTY TO AMERICA!

  44. JOHN

    MIND IT WE R LOSING JOBS NOT BCOS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BCOS OF 12MILLION PEOPLE DONT HAVE INSURANCE , CARS
    AND HOUSE IF THEY SPEND ALL THAT MONEY TOWARDS THIS NESAARY THING THEN YOU WILL HAVE BETTER ATTITUDE AND IF ILLEGAL PEOPLE BECOME LEGAL THEN THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO WORK FOR $5 PER AS THEY WILL HAVE MORE OVER HEAD AND MORE RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE NATION

  45. America_1st

    No one wants you to split up your family. If you love your wife or husband, then do what’s right for your family and return with them to Mexico.
    And now you might understand why Americans are angry, as they can’t afford to work for $5 an hour either. Illegal immigrants have reduced the American standard of living by accepting these low paying jobs and now you want higher pay. But don’t you get it? That’s why these law breaking employers hired you in the first place… to save money.

  46. Luiggi

    Is funny to see how people are so ignorant and have no idea of what they are talking about..
    Immigration reform means a change on the immigration laws, and amnesty means official pardon for political offenses so theres is a big difference between an immigration reform and amnesty…illegal immigrants pay taxes believe it or not! Did you know that IRS together with the government provide a number, ITIN, that let illegal immigrants pay taxes:)…is not illegal immigrants fault that we are in a recession! the war and worrying about other countries freedoms is why we are in this situation right now!

  47. trini

    trini say love thy neighbour as the creator say,pass amnesty for your neighbours,and see the power of the creator change the downfall of america and make it RISE untill he decend on earth.peace….

  48. America_1st

    I don’t know if anyone is claiming illegal Immigrants are solely responsible for the recession, but the fact is that 20-million immigrants are here illegally.
    Many born Americans stand firm on enforcing current immigration laws, do not support immigration reform of any kind and are against Amnesty… period.

    Though you defined immigration reform and amnesty, you clearly misunderstood the fact that amnesty is being coupled to immigration reform.

    And last, the tax dollars that illegal immigrants pay, doesn’t make up for the services that are drained. Those services are meant for American citizens that have paid into the system for years.

  49. George Fulmore

    With new studies showing that nearly half of undocumented households being families with children, it is simply not sensible to talk about sending these people “home.” They have been living here, having children here, and making the United States their “homes.” I think we need to welcome them with a comprehensive immigration reform package, and I believe that President Obama will push for this with all his might. It is the right thing to do, and he is morally driven more than politically driven, I believe. Immigration reform is the morally right thing to do. And, I believe, it is in the best economic and political interests for the United States. We need young, energetic workers to keep the goods and services we demand — and will pay for — in place.

  50. ILLEGAL ALIEN

    It is not right that some of the the gentlemen are blaming the illegal immigrants for their job losses.

    If you have lost your job due to someone who is illegal immigrant, then it is shame for you that you couldn’t even have required qualifications or leadership than that illegal person. Any job requires a qualified, experience, rigid and a positive person like OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA. If you are not in that category then you should be certainly knocked out from the office, at any cost. No matter, if you are to be replaced by an illegal immigrant, or a super illegal alien from another Planet.

    In my opinion, there is no one illegal or legal. No one wants to be illegal by her/himself. It’s just the stupid laws that people make which makes impossible for people to get legal status, and they are made illegal which is against the natural law.

    People are not asked—where do you want to take birth?–beofore they are borned. If so then they might all be born in a country they like. So, the people should get the chance to choose a place to live, after they are born, is that right ??

    If I like to stay in America for example, then I should be granted to stay there, maybe because my mothercountry has several problems or there is not life possible, or if you go there, you will lose your life may be.

    In that perspective, PRESIDENT OBAMA, is not only the president of the United States. He is like a PRESIDENT OF THE WHOLE EARTH, and he should take decisioin not based upon the where a person is born geographically, but on the individual’s Quality like I said Qualification, Experience, Positiveness, and Optimisticness.

    If somebody is to be deported out or made illegal, those should be made — The Mass Destroyers’->Like in Virginia Tech —- The Druggist Americans->who just live to consume/ drugs and put the whole planet on risk — The Thief Americans — The Robber Americans — The Raper Americans — and in short all those Stupid Americans who don’t know what is good and what is bad & what is in the benefit of mankind or what is not.

    Thank you for reading my Theories.

    (**If you belong to one of those bad categories I am sorry. This is not my voice, those things I said are the ultimate TRUTHS or IDEAL Theories. Any one who doesn’t have capaticity to diferenciate between Good And Bad might not understand it. **)

    Thank you again.

  51. America_1st

    First of Illegal Alien, I understand your dilemma as Mexico is filled with problems that are hard to solve. But the jobs illegal immigrants are getting have nothing to do with qualifications. What kind of qualifications are required to pick tomatoes, or cut grass or plant trees other then a little muscle? Many of these are physical labor jobs that illegal immigrants get are because they’re willing to work for very little money.
    On the higher end of the labor scale, truck driving jobs that used to pay $40/hour, now only pay $15/hour and this is fact. Illegal immigrants are getting these jobs not because of their qualifications, as they are actually less qualified, but because they are simply willing to work for less. Illegal immigrants are the pawns of these unscrupulous businesses that hire them.
    The United States government’s first priority should be to the citizens of this country.

  52. ILLEGAL ALIEN

    America_1st,

    I agree with you, for the case of Mexicans, however my focus was not for the Mexicans. I was talking about the immigrant Doctors, Engineers, Teachers who are highly qualified and experienced in their fields. If you go to College or University, you can see how many professors/instructors are there from another country. If you go to hospital/medical center you can see how many of the workers there are international.

    Similarly, you can take account of the international/immigrant people at public places , or organizations.

    Now, for the case of Mexicans:
    As far as I have seen, they just work in a lower level jobs (constructions, fast food restaurants, mowing etc.). But if you really look at the records published by US goverment or different private sectors, there is lack of Professional Engineers, Doctors, or Teachers in this country. So, I don’t see any reason for blaming Mexicans. Do you want also the Mexicans to be Professional Doctors, Teachers or Professors to work for this country?

    I know the answer, off course not !

    So, I think most of you get the main idea now.

    There is still lack of professionals in schools, hospitals, or government offices. So, if you could become professional in your field , you don’t have to blame anybody.

    Thank you.
    Think Broad!

  53. victoria

    i am so tired of americans to say that “immigrants” are taking their jobs and “stealing” them.. what is wrong with americans latinos do the jobs no one does, they get miss treated and of course do not complain so where the hell is the stealing jobs thing??

    This post edited by Feet in Two Worlds for inappropriate language.

  54. hello people this is to let you know “yes he will” I voted for Obama i believe in him that he will do the right thing. Forget AMNESTY!! i TELL YOU FORGET IT.

  55. dwntwn

    as if you are all real americans… those people that really belongs here are those native american indians….those that are prejudice to all illegal immigrants are just all “JEALOUS”. I agree with Cin, and Native American comments, it is TRUE that those immigrants are the one’s paying all the taxes and to get real they are all INDUSTRIOUS. They are the one’s that are not picky on the kind of job they have, ALL those “so called” US Citizens are just a bunch of hypocrites, as if they didnt know that their forefathers are immigrants too…geezzz…we just need to follow the golden rule of love your neighbors as you love yourselves. That is why there is war because of those people that they only love themselves and dont have any sympathy to others…. i am working in downtown area of los angeles and as i walk each day i could see numerous wandering BUMS begging for money and to think..who are they?—>> White and Black Americans, see how lazy are they? so i do really agree to those comments that all those “so called” citizens of america are just a bunch of couch potato. they dont want to stretch out and work, they just settling on every food relief and transient homes,geez…to think they are citizens of america, but america can’t count on them. Now, who are those that deserves to give a right in this country? all of our taxes are consumed by these wandering bums in our area. creeping other people and endless begging and getting drunk each day. that’s where our taxes go. i salute those immigrant people who are working hard and earn. i voted for obama and i believe that God put him right there and he will do make a difference, and that difference cant be able to comprehend by those people that has a black dot in their hearts.

  56. catarina

    I wholehartedly agree with the comments listed above
    “AGAINST ANY TYPE OF REFORM NOT TO MENTION AMNESTY”.
    I have worked hard to educate my family. I remember when I braced their teeth, it cost me 5K a piece now THE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN GET ALL DENTAL PLUS HEALTH FREE NOT TO MENTION FOOD STAMPS, THE COLLECT VOUCHERS OF THE TANNER PROGRAM FOR EACH OF THEIR CHILDREN NOT TO MENTION FREE LUNCH SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND EVERYTHING.
    I am also hispanic where were all these groups when I was growing up?? Why didn’t the fight for us the US born latinos?? IT LOOKS LIKE ALL THEY WANT IS PUBLICITY.
    THE IMMIGRANTS ARE GETTING ALL THESE EXPENSES PAID SO THEY KEEP HAVING CHILDREN BY THE DOZEN. WHY NOT THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY A DIME WHILE THEY DRIVE AROUND IN FANCY ESCALADES, NAVIGATORS ETC.
    The president needs to implement the E-Verify program I know of people here in Austin,TX that are even working with fake SS#’s for government programs.
    This city is a haven for illegal aliens…

  57. We all understand that, when it comes to do things to help the people, politicians are not so good at that. But keep hope a live some may come to their senses some day….. it is very important to know that.

  58. Sendy_guala

    I JUST WANTED TO TELL EVERYONE WHO ARE AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THAT U ARE WRONG & U SHOULDN’T SAY BAD STUFF, BECAUSE U HAVEN’T EXPERIENCE WHAT IMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN THROUGH. I’M A LATINA US CITIZEN AND IN COLLEGE. I PRIDE MY COUNTRY USA, AND MY PARENTS COUNTRY GUATEMALA!! NO AMERICAN SHOULD BLAME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOR THEIR LOST JOBS…EVERY..LISTEN VERY CARFULLY….ALL US CITIZEN AMERICANS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND HAVE A GOOD JOB, BUT ALOT OF AMERICANS DON’T TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COME HERE FOR A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY. THEY ARE HARD WORKERS, AND THEY PAY THEIR TAXES.

    IN SCHOOL, NOT ONLY DO USC LATINO CHILDREN HAVE FREE LUNCH, BUT AMERICANS THAT ARE IN A LOW INCOME RANGE ALSO GET FREE LUNCH FOR THEIR KIDS, SO IT AIN’T ALL ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TAKING EVERYTHING AWAY. I BELIEVE IN OBAMA TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND TO ALLOW THEM TO GET PERMISSION TO WORK HERE, LICENSE, RESIDENCE, AND CITIZENSHIP! EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY! NO ONE SHOULD BE DISCRIMINATED BY COLOR, RACE, RELEGION, ETHNICITY, GENDER, ETC. MAY GOD BLESS OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY, AND MAY WE LEAVE THIS SITUATION IN GODS HAND, GOD AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. MAY GOD BLESS U, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    TODO LOS IMIGRANTES, QUE TENGAN FE EN DIOS Y ESPERAMOS QUE TODO SALGA BIEN…LATINO PRIDE!

  59. Have hope and faith!!!!

    Even though we as hispanics are discriminated by other americans we should still have hope and faith and fight for what we want. No one should judge anybody. This is to all the americans that have something hateful to say…..PUT YOUSELF IN THEIR SHOE….IF YOU HAD A FAMILY TO RAISE AND NEEDED A JOD,YOU WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THEM…
    IT’S NOT EASY COMING HERE. You have to walk for days. immigrants are not stealing jobs…they give them the crappy jobs…no american wants the job that they give to hispanics. many hispanics are being mistreated in their job but they still dont defend because the thought of loosing their job is like loosing a life……why argue and fight against people…what if you asked someone for help and they just said go back to your country….how would you feel then…..?? think about what you say before opening your mouth….put yourself in their position….
    what if the indians never let the english people stay?? you as an american would have never been here.. you would be speaking english with a british accent…
    many of you dnt realize what you have and how easier your life is than a immigrant living here….
    and on top of working all day long you come home and see that people want you out of this country….
    What ever happens it all happens for a reason!
    even though i grew up here i will NEVER EVER forget where my ancestors came from.
    We all need to be in this together!
    Harry S. Truman once said, “We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.”

  60. St.Louis Latina

    All i have to say is that im ashamed of all the americans who say that we, the MEXICANS are taking their jobs, here in missouri there isnt as many hispanics but u know what, noone wants to cut the grass, shovel the snow, clean the bathrooms, people here want to work in a well air conditioned office with a nice comfy chair that spins around,with dounuts on the side and a big gulp soda. and its so sad to say that they have the nerve to blame it on us for not having a job. anyone can go to school and have a good job. but people that dont have a way to keep on going to school just because they dont have a legal status is such a loss for everyone, because they can do so much for this country.

    illigals do pay taxes and some dont file taxes so all the money that they should get back… yeah they dont get it back. medicaid is not applicable for illeggals not even residents, its so wrong wwhat people say, but did u notice that asoon as the first try for reform didnt pass the economy went down, and whenn they started trying to keep all illigals out and deporing them, the economy went down even more ,,, but i believe in the reform so hopefully it happens a keeps families together

  61. rachel

    i have one question for all of you who say deport deport stop them from coming here they reuin our lives , how do they reuin your lives most of them come here because they wont to make a better life for them selves and their families if you knew what mexico and other places go through on a daily basis you wouldnt want to be there either most of them that are here work everyday 7 days a week sometime 12 hour shifts most of them work harder than any american i have ever seen and they do the jobs most americans wont do or even consider doing and they dont get paid shit most of them have children here nad supports them in every was possible and they have to take a chance everyday of not seeing their children wver again think about what you would do if you could never see your children again because there are some that have been takin away and will never see their families ever again just because your from a diffenrt country doesnt mean anything they are still people they arnt differnt from any one else
    and yes there are some here that cause promblems fights drugs and dont care for the children they make those are the ones that dont need to be here but leave the ones here that do good and want to be apart of the country alone what if your daughter or son fell in love with and illgeal and had children and they supported them in every way worked every day and other people tried to take them away how do you tell a child that they will never see their mom or dad again just because they are not this country i hope and pray that obama helps them if he does he will be helping thousands of families and children there are thousands of children in this country that will be left with out parents if he doesnt help and then what are they going to do

  62. Anonymous

    Illegal aliens pay taxes? Even if this is true, which I doubt, am I supposed to feel better because someone who climbed through the back window of my home has put a dollar or two on the table for utilities?

    These people are invaders. I don’t care that the system has trapped a few into paying taxes and social security. Every criminal career has a cost of doing business.

  63. Anonymous

    rachel — They “reuin” our lives by stealing jobs, using their jackpot-anchor babies to get money from a social service into which they pay nothing, depressing wages for American workers, introducing diseases that were eradicated, and so on.

    If Mexico is so bad, the answer is for them to rise up and take their country back, not to come here and steal from us.

    What is so hard to understand about this? Nothing if you use your mind instead of your bleeding heart emotions.

    They are not immigrants, they are illegal aliens. They come here to STEAL a better life.

  64. Matt Kutuk

    Every body needs to remember that United States Of America created and became strong and will be stronger with immigrants. America is Country of immigrants and it will stay as it is.

  65. Felipe

    I think that this is a good time for an immigration reform i mean most of them are going to open business and well thats going to help the cities and states financial problem and i also hear there is going to be some fines and fees in order for an immigrant to become a resident and well do the math its going to be a lot of extra money for the goverment plus all does Tax

    and quit mixing stuff up financial problem was not caused by immigrants it was those greedy americans that paid for everything with credit if you would of pay cash nothing would of happend

  66. dan

    I can’t believe that these people who call themselfs Americans, they don’t realize that they are not really Americans. America is a county of immigrants. The only people that should vote on this issue should be the native americans.

  67. AMERICAN BORN

    America_1stsays this is for you and all others .
    Ok just to note i am a american i am born here now you seem very racists so if u have any more comments plz leave it in Presidents hands and gods cuz it be great thing to legal all illegal immgrants they are people to they have the same blood goin thou there veins as u do and it help america very much to get out of the problem we are facing now but i no you cant see that now are u citzen here what about ur people are they all pure blooded americans which u do know are native indians This is America so live and let live these people like them pay fines we will all be in better standers maybe u like to wash ur car urself but many american dont and go to car washs this illegal people can only do that type of work cuz they need to be legal here to better jobs and they would make american better open up new business here that would make our problem go away so again i speak and say for you and all whom are racist plz dont take out of head not see what your really talkin about.God Bless American and All Immgrants and Obama I believe you will do it.

  68. dan

    American Born I totally agree with you. I am very open to legalization of immigrants. My comment was towards people that think that this country was only good when they became americans, and now when it’s time to let your others become one of them, they are against it.
    I agree that legalizing immigration will help the economy and will motivate people.

  69. MexicAn_aMerican

    First Off Half u fReakin people on here are so damm
    ignorant wHo are u to judge anyone else jus cuz of their race or what country theyre from we are all created equally n only GOD has the right too judge anyone individual I Really do Hope OBAMA helps pass amnesty it Will do our country major justice Not Only will it help the economy rise but it will indeed help many families stay together n For u So Called USC who Blame the immigrants “Illegal aliens” on stealing ur jobs is just really ridiculous first off i highly doubt that any of u want to work in construction fields or fast food joints theyre only doing Americas dirty work but they do it with high pride u people only dream about workin in air conditioned offices in front of a damm computer these people built everything thats around u in the damm heat with low pay n guess what no complains at all theyre jus here to feed their families n to say theyre a threat is even more obnoxious the only real threat here are the damm terrorist n do we try n deport them hells no we let em fly plains n drive us around in taxi cabs haha wtf has this damm country come too!!! I Hope amnesty passes When that day comes it will be the start OF nEw america cant wait for that day too come so all u sorry americans will realize that USA is the land of immigrants!!

  70. LaGuera

    This pathetic attempt to scapegoat a certain ethnic minority for economic recession reminds me of another particular event in history after WWI starring Adolf Hitler. Every knows what happen there right? Come on guys. What happened to America? We used to be a beacon of hope for all those who did not have democracy,who were poor and hungry, who cowered miserably under a predetermined future. I mean what are we doing? “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” That is our legacy to the world. We are the country everyone wants to come to. After all this time as that beacon of hope, we are just going to say “Get the f*** out, we need to keep jobs for the “other” people.” “Or I’m sorry your kid doesn’t have a little plastic card he’s not good enough to learn with the rest of us.” I mean seriously its a card… piece of plastic. Imagine your integrity as a person is based on the presence of a hunk of plastic. They aren’t even green for god’s sake! Imagine not seeing your husband or wife… or kids for years… because the government doesn’t think your worth the extra effort. Hispanics are Americans technically because they call them the “Americas” my geographically challenged comrades. Bottom line folks… we want the same thing in life with all the pursuits of happiness and whatnot. If you do not deny them theirs they will not deny you yours. We are all the same in one form or another. As Americans, we should work together towards a cause and waste time blaming whomever. I say yes to reform and legalization of present “illegal americans” If someone comes here in hopes of pursuing that great American dream… then by god he shall be an American by me!

    “Si usted es capaz de temblar de indignación cada vez que se comete una injusticia en el mundo, somos compañeros, que es más importante.”

  71. viola

    A path to citizenship to 12 or 40 million illegal aliens in America, will bring down Obama’s good credit, his score will be so very low, I don’t want to see this happen, there should be no path to citizenship to people who were allow to not abide American laws, all their wrongdoings in America, should not win them any kind of path to citizenship, this is nonsense and so very stupid, why do Obama want to just slap Americans in the face with this bull crap, at the same time just ruin America???

    Why do he just want to give America to a 3rd world country, I have never seen so much corruption in America in my whole life, how could our own politician let illegal invasion happen to America?? And just because they don’t know what to do with it, or with this mess, they just tend to let illegal aliens have and do what they want in America, I just cannot believe our poor birthright laws in America, it is so very poor,it has no rules and regulations, it allows illegal aliens to have millions of their children made into instant American citizens, Just for their own selfish purposes, it is a big scam and scheme for them selves, their personal tickets, tokens and of course anchors, it keeps them here, it makes it difficult to deport them, it also makes it difficult for a comprehensive reform, actually they are using their children to get what they want in America, according to our own politicians this is alright, after all illegal aliens cannot do any wrong in America!!!!!!!

    If American say anything about illegal immigration in America, the majority of time they are right, but they are purposely being so ignore by their own politicians. And because Americans speak of the unfairness of this, do not make them a racist, the very people that come here and call American racist, are the one’s who are the racist, after all America is all about their race, and they are sneakily finding ways of getting America back, our own politicians tend to be so blind to what they are doing! at the same time Americans are being so force into this illegal immigration invasion in America, because their are no longer any real laws to stop illegal immigration in America! American politician seemed to be very afraid of illegal aliens,
    so what do they do just allow them to get away with every thing, they might as well have put a gun on American politicians,or have come here with enough of their army and ammunition to win America!

    Americans are to just be voiceless and just sat in a corner some where and just watch illegal aliens and the whole Hispanic race turn our beautiful America in to Mexico, for their own selfish reasons!and the are just being terribly force to endure in it, A path to citizenship will allow the Hispanic race be in demand of America, just in power, this is what they want, The majority of our employment bosses and CEO’s will be Hispanics, school teachers, colleges professors, the whole country will be run by the Hispanic race, this will be just giving America to Mexico!!! America will be lost!

    No illegal aliens children should be allow to just go to American schools and colleges unless it is through a special programs or something, with limitations, no children of illegal aliens born in America on their parents illegal status should be granted American citizenship! workplace enforcement should continue with stronger force,by catching employers, and illegal employees! E-Verify must be pushed, and mandatory to all employers, illegal aliens that are employed must be found and deported, so Americans can get their jobs back!!

    American politicians could had stopped, or stop it now, this invasion of illegal immigration in America if they really want to, if they stop worry so much about illegal aliens welfare in America, instead of their American citizens welfare! and if they stop having so much unnecessary compassion for these law breakers in America!

  72. dan

    or maybe your ancestors came to this country and killed and murdered people and created their own rules. and now they get to pick how’s right to be here. 🙂 ooooo man

  73. LaGuera

    Viola.

    Stop watching the news. Stop regurgitating other peoples opinions and start growing a brain. This is a land of immigrants ya better get used to it. America is free and people like it. People will always be drawn here. If you don’t like it. Pack your sh** and move to France. There you can bi*** about America all you want to. I mean you sound like you don’t even know one Latin american person. You’re just racist and that’s all there is to it. Anyone can see that. So your little spiel there is invalid. Biased folks can go blog on the KKK blogspot.

  74. MexicAn_aMerican

    Before u go n bagg on someones race u should learn how
    to make alil sense ur self when u spell things out and u are coming off a lil bit racist so if thats the case honey u should take ur opinions somewhere else its sad to know that racism still exists here in america among many other negative things n yet u choose to sit there n worry so much about a group of people only trying to do whats best for them and their family makes me sick really does if u only knew they arent here to harm u or ur family yet i know there are some that commit crimes i say take kare of them they blew their chance but the ones that are here living life just like u n i working everyday to feed their loved ones let em be we are without a doubt the hardest working individuals to get rid of us would jus be mind blowing honestly what are the majority of the people u see living on the street homeless either of white or african american descent my point being we are not lazy, violent bad people like alot make us out to be Just Admit it america loves us can u tell me u honestly dont know one hispanic person if u dont than thts ur problem right there haha get to know us u will love everything about us…Everytime u take a trip to ur local taco shop or when ur sittin on ur porch or patio relaxin or yet in ur nice office air condtioned office just take a quick second to remind ur self who built that=) Viva mexico si se puede!!!!!

  75. Bob Keck

    It is very naive to think that getting rid of the immigrants will increase jobs and increase wages.

    IBM recently laid off 5000 US employees (many of who were immigrants ironically) and *then* opened up 2 plants in India.

    What this means is, get rid of the cheap labor force and the business will just follow them, duh! It’s a global economy now.

    The bottom line is, businesses do what’s good for the business *not* the country.

    The worst part is how everyone are such HYPOCRITES.

    You buy all your goods from Walmart (99% foreign), You buy foreign cars (did you see Toyota or Honda asking for a bailout?), even the iPhone is made 99% in China.

    Wake up idiots, you destroyed America from the inside.

    You’re all like suicide victims having second thoughts after already jumping off the bridge. The irony is, immigrants built the bridge.

  76. mrs. espinoza

    President Obama needs to start working on immigration reform. I support him and I realize that he has much on his plate, but lives are being ruined. My husband is not a citizen, but he is a human-being. There really is no such thing as an immigrant if that’s the case we all are immgrants. I have a wonderful husband and my daughter has a wonderful father and at any moment our lives could be shattered. You people out there that are against reform are just racist and full of hate. Immigrants hard work, services and products(close, cars, etc….) are good enough for you, so why aren’t they. Get a grip America it’s 2009 and GOD created this land and he owns it, so people no matter where they are from should be able to live where ever they want.

  77. shannon

    i just would like to say as a wife of an immagrante who i love ever so dearly and have been married for 5 years and have a son with is a hard worker and works seven days a week to provide for his family here in america and in brazil.. i just would like to comment on what Deport Em says… ha you are totally wrong about immagrants steeling americans jobs they will take lower pay just to be able to work and have a job.. if you were offered to clean 10 toilets and get payed 7.00 dollars an hour you would take it would but a immagrant would because its a job and you make money…and money buys things right… so as for a immagrant they take what they can and try to do the best to make money any way they can even if it is to clean toilets wash dishes empty out trash in office and what not i bet where ever you work the cleaning people are immagrantes that keep your place nice and clean. so for you to talk down on them like you do is so wrong…i bet if you had to live in there shoes for a month you would last because you are so use to having money all the time but i bet a immagrante with not much money would survive better than you because they know how to do things and were taught how to survive. and you know whats so funny is that if we didn’t have half of the immagrantes here this economy would be so screwed meaning if they said they all need to go ok well who is gonna clean your bathrooms and who is gonna empty trash and who is gonna do your painting or who is gonna wash the dishes in a resteraunt for low money… not to may americans are gonna do now are they.. they do alot for our country and down get me wrong yes there are alot of them here that are here to f**k the goverment but there are some that are here to help there family. and to better there life and be someone because there not able to do so in there own country.

    An as for Native americans on what you said. you are one of the few that agrees on the sam oppinion as me it is so true on what you say and that it will open the doors for a better life for them but its just sad that so many americans are so against immagrants it just makes me so sick to here the word immagrante. but im proud to say i am married to an immagrante and he works hard and funny one of his jobs is to clean toilets and empty trash and clean appartments for people to move in but he has other tallents as well and he know how to survive as well.

  78. Hernan

    Those who speak so strongly against illegal immigrants are ill-informed, paranoid, lazy and mad at themselves.
    You voice your opinion believing that every word of it is true. But, where are you getting your facts from? What resources? You believe illegal immigrants steal jobs, abuse tax-payers and break the law. Well to inform you correctly, the jobs illegal immigrants are subdued to are of hard, minimum wage labor: construction, janitors, landscaping, and pretty much all the maintanence YOU need to survive. And what credit do they get? What reward? You need us to live your everyday lives with beautiful buildings, clean streets, functional highways, and anything else you can think of that falls under pampering. We are the ones that work, pay taxes, while you lazy, unemployed hypocrits sit at home watching cable with a fridge full of food thanks to those welfare checks and food stamps your getting from the government, whom get it from tax-payers, whom are workers, whom are the majority of the population of illegal immigrants.

    Stop the blame. Stop the hatred. Place gratitude and consideration over ignorance and arrogant self-satisfaction. Because when your lawn needs to be mowed or when you need someone to take the blame, US Illegals are relunctantly there to answer the call. We are hard working, we are human, and you don’t understand us which is why you fear us. Live your life, fight, move forward. Your failure is all thanks to you.

  79. seo

    If the republicans are so concerned about the seniors and the mis-information that they are no doubt receiving from Humana who looking after it’s profits and the Republicans think the current health system is so great; maybe the government should do away with Medicare all together. Think of the money we would save. We would truly be able to balance the budget by simply telling the elderly to stop being deadbeats looking for government handouts. Get a job you slackers! – Glen Beck

  80. I think this would be great, him working on this as he promised. who else will really work out there in the fields the way hispanics do?how many different people is there that are not hispanics that would actually do this?also if it wasn’t for the hispanics the country would not be as wealthy or rich as it is.hispanics make this country wealthy.always have and always will.this is the best choice he could possibly do and needs to start working on it already. i hope he does and i pray he does. this is good.

  81. ALEJANDRO

    SO, AM REALY AMAZED HOW LAZIE ARE MOST OF YOU,
    TRY TO SOLVE THE ECONOMIC PROBLEM WITH THE MOST POUR PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, IF THIS IS THE PROUD AMERICANS
    THIS IS ASHAMED
    SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW
    MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING BACAUSE THE FMI GIVE SOLUTIONS IN ANOTHER COUNTRIES, THAT NEVER WORK HERE ALSO
    AND MANY PEOPLE PAY THAT PRICES TO
    CHECK THE PEOPLE IN ARGENTINA, NOT THE POLITICIANS
    WHO ALWAYS MAKE MONEY IN ANY COUNTRY

    FAR AWAY, READ THE BIBLE AND YOU CAN FOUND
    MOST OF THE ANSWERS OF OUR PROBLEMS TODAY

    SORRY ABOUT MY ENGLISH, I HAVE TO LEARN BY MY SELF

    GO AND WORK IN THE ROOF IN SUMMER, OR PICK TOMATOES IN THE FARMS, IF YOU LIKE IT,
    PS ONLY FOR FOOD AND SHELTER

    GOD BLEST AMERICA, AND THE REALY AMERICAN PEOPLE
    THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS COUNTRY EVERY DAY, IN ANY PLACE, THE CITIZENSHIP IT IS A MATTER OF WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEART

    IT IS NOT THE LAW MAY YOU CHEAT, THE PEOPLE WHO COMPLAINED ARE MOST OF THAN LOOSERS

    THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN ANY PLACES
    TO PROTEC US
    OUR TROOPS
    I ALWAYS PREAY FOR THEM

    ASK TO OUR ALMIGHT GOD TO GUIDE US IN WISDOM, AND KNOLEDGE AND TRUTH

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