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Obama says immigration reform is still on his agenda

LatinaLista — Immigration reform is not a dead idea. President Obama said so and a lot more in yesterday’s Town Hall meeting in Costa Mesa, California.
Yet as he begins to “think” about tackling the issue, it’s obvious that the final version of any immigration reform bill won’t please everyone — critics or supporters.
But the important thing is that it gets done and that the focus of the policy — to help undocumented immigrants today and future immigrants enter the country in a reasonable time and legally — not be lost amid the calls to make today’s undocumented immigrants pay too heavy a price for what they’ve already gone through.

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    MaryElizabeth
    March 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so pleased to see Obama is bringing the issue to the table. This issue needs to be addressed with all the other issues to bring true CHANGE to our system. Without immigration reform, we will still have a broken healthcare system, uninsured motor vehicles on the road, an undocumented slave workforce that is not protected by labor laws,familys that live in fear, a border not secured. It is time to CHANGE our broken immigration system and re-vamp the legal immigration system.

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    Sandra
    March 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Our immigraton policies are not broken, they just weren’t enforced.
    People should live in fear when they break our laws, duh!

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    William Smith
    March 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    ME said: “uninsured motor vehicles on the road,..”
    This is a stupid statement, as a major reason why illegal aliens have no insurance is they do not earn enough money to pay for it. Another is that they often purchase insurance just to satisfy the driver initial requirements of the license bureau and drop it to save money which they send back to their homeland. Such remittances are draining billions in capital from our nation, capital that could be used to keep our economy going. Tennessee once tried issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens but had to drop the idea for just that reason. Driving without a license or insurance are just typical expressions of contempt for our laws characteristic of illegal aliens. Many are here to eke out the last nickel at the expense of our society, while feeling no compulsion to assimilate. They never intend to become citizens, just do anything they can to earn cash, within and outside the law, salt it away and run when things get hot. Tens of thousands do not pay income taxes because they never intend to stay.
    You’re so stupidly ignorant about these people, ME.

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    Marisa Treviño
    March 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    William, the ignorance of the assumption that you make in this statement reflects your laziness in being spoon-fed lies by a group that wants people like yourself to believe undocumented immigrants don’t want to obey the law. It just so happens that I have heard stories and have personally interviewed undocumented immigrants who were distraught when states passed laws prohibiting undocumented immigrants from buying car insurance. They do have money and pay their bills, pay for medical care, and if they could, would willingly pay for car insurance. What the past administration has done has been to criminalize these people even more by not allowing them to pay for car insurance or have a driver’s license and then tell everybody they don’t want to comply with our laws. It’s a bunch of bs spread by extreme conservatives who know that if they repeat the same lies often enough, people who want to, will believe them. I ask you, William, is it because you truly believe them that you repeat their propaganda, or it’s just easier to go through life without having to think for yourself?

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    Sandra
    March 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    If they really wanted to honor our laws they wouldn’t have crossed our border illegally in the first place.

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    peach
    March 23, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Maybe if Obama would get off shows like Jay Leno, he could adress issues like immigration. Don’t hold your breath. This is starting to be a disconnect bewtween what Obama said he would do, if elected, and what he actually plans to do.

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    MaryElizabeth
    March 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    William Smith, you are the ignorant one. First of all…many undocumented workers work many hours and in some parts of the country they make way over minumum wage. It is true that they do jobs that Americans do not want to do and they even get paid well to do them because even though we have a bad economy there is still a shortage in workers in some areas of work. Also, you make this assumption that undocumented workers can not afford insurance…here is another ignorant statement. Undocumented workers buy brand new trucks and ship them back to their countrys. They can afford insurance and many of them own property’s and homes and insurance in their countrys. This is another reason we need immigration reform! We need them to buy homes in the USA and invest money in our banks and open business here rather than send money home and open busines there. Your attitude on immigration is destroying the pursuit of happiness in America, thus giving the prosperity to countrys abroad.

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    Karen
    March 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    To William Smith: Those remittances are used to buy American products. We export billions of dollars worth of goods to Mexico.
    To Sandra: They come here because they need to work so that they can buy food. It’s called survival. Your ancestors didn’t honor the laws or the traditions of the Native Americans. They came here and killed them. The Natives who mamaged to survive were put in camps called reservations.

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    Sandra
    March 25, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Kzren, again you ASSume what my ancestors did. My ancestors didn’t come to this country until the early 1900’s well after any Native Indian conflicts. They killed NO ONE! We were already an established country called the USA and they came within whatever immigration laws were established at the time. So stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine!
    It is year 2009 now and we have had immigration laws for decades now. Immigrants are obligated to honor them regardless of what did or didn’t happen hundreds of years ago.

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    Irma
    March 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Sandra,
    Your ancestors were not invited to the US.
    They came most likely because they couldnt make it in their own native country
    either because of persecution , poverty or
    who knows why?
    Those immigration laws were as I have said
    COUNTING tools. Few people were ever refused entry – except of course Jews during WWII. Yes, the USA was antiSemitic as well.
    We the children of illegal immigrants who ARE US citizens will work to
    change US immigration laws .
    In my own family – 5 immigrants from
    Mexico produced in two generations
    about 200 new US citizens. Rest assured that immigration laws WILL
    change – our votes will ensure this.

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    Sandra
    March 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Irma, I repeat once again. My ancestors came within whatever immigration policies by the U.S. government were in place at the time. So yes, essentially they were invited.
    Our immigration policies may change but it won’t be due to you pro-illegal, open border advocate’s votes because immigration policy is set by congress.

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