Dear President Obama:

The Latino/Hispanic community will be awaiting the passage of the “Dream Act” such as was demonstrated in the passage of DADT in 2010.

My mother, Raquel Ruedaflores Cota was brought to the United States in 1927 by here aunts when she was 14 years old. Fortunately for me, because of her crossing the U.S. Border by paying a Head Tax I was born in the United States in 1935. As a citizen, I have a lot to be thankful for. The passage of the Dream Act will lend the same opportunities to my brothers and sisters, who have grown up believing they were citizens of the United States, please make a wrong right for them.

Eddie Martinez
An Artist with a Passion for History

Please view my website/Dream Act: http://www.eddiemartinezart.com


January 10, 2011

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing me. I have heard from many Americans concerned about immigration, and I value your input as we work to address this pressing challenge. We are all united under the principles etched onto our Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Our Nation has always prospered from this generous and hopeful spirit. Yet, today, our immigration system is broken and a large portion of our economy depends on millions of workers living in the shadows. We are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants, and we must reconcile those traditions. For too long, politicians in Washington have exploited this issue to divide us rather than searching for practical solutions that unite us. We must put politics aside and offer a comprehensive solution that secures our borders, enforces our laws, and reaffirms our rich tradition of welcoming immigrants. There is broad consensus around building a solution that stops the flow of undocumented workers across our borders and prevents employers from hiring undocumented workers. However, we know that enforcement is only part of the solution. We must also require undocumented immigrants who are already here to step out of the shadows and onto a responsible path to earn citizenship by demonstrating sound character, a commitment to America, and a strong work ethic.

To learn more about my policies on immigration, please join me online at: www.WhiteHouse.gov/agenda/immigration. For additional information and resources, visit www.dhs.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.

Again, thank you for writing.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov