Skip to comments.Undocumented UCLA Students Enjoy 'Big Graduation Gift' From Obama
Posted on 06/15/2012 6:50:35 PM PDT by Steelfish
Undocumented UCLA Students Enjoy 'Big Graduation Gift' From Obama June 15
They walk back and forth and hug each other. Most have big smiles, their teeth showing, their eyes wide. They say things like surreal, excited and everything you think graduates would say. Some were up late last night studying for the last final.
Many woke up -- or were jostled out of a nap -- to President Obamas announcement that young illegal immigrants will be allowed to apply for work permits without fear of deportation.
"Obama said hes gonna save us," shouts Arlete Pichardo, an undocumented double major in history and ethnic studies.
"What, what!" she whoops, pumping both hands in the air. "The Dream Act is gonna pass. This is just a stepping stone. I know he needs to get reelected, whatever. We know he needs it for the campaign, but the Dream Act is gonna pass, Pichardo says.
She is dressed in her black cap and gown, one of 18 undocumented students taking part in a pre-graduation ceremony sponsored by IDEAS at UCLA, a support and resource organization for undocumented students.
As the students face the media cameras outside, their parents stay inside the church -- away from the public spotlight.
When Pichardo would head out to protests, she says, her mother would tell her, "Dios mio, dont do that, its not safe."
But Pichardo believes that the more you out yourself, the safer you are."
Pichardo is originally from Mexicali and moved to the United States when she was 4. Her mother is a housekeeper who cleans 15 rooms a day and earns minimum wage.
Pichardo says she was offered a job two weeks ago, but was forced to turn it down because of her legal status. But now Im gonna call them back, she says.
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The Magic Moron in the White House is their lottery ticket and their number just got pulled.
Stay and vote kids...congrats.
The POS does it again. The only way he can win, is to buy the votes by breaking the law and stealing from the REAL American citizens.
I want to vomit.
Many blacks won't be celebrating this news either.
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Won’t matter. Obama just won Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico. The Hispanic channels are delirious with the news. It’s all over Mexico and South America. The end of the Republic.
Future community organizer/activist. Or unemployed with useless majors.
He had the hispanic vote locked up anyway for the most part.
I think he's peaking with the major pandering too early...he should have saved this announcement for later. But I think he needed it because Holder's contempt citation is up to bat for next week.
Lots more Obama stumbles coming down the pike. This story will likely be out of the headlines in a few days.
I think the only good to come of this is that the issue is now out there. Not implied, or feared or suggested. DONE. We have a sitting President who just granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. If he’s reelected he’ll grant further amnesty. The American people now have a clear choice when they go to vote. If he wins, then there are enough people who are OK with this. The impact to America won’t be known for a while, but the decision is not Obama’s. It is America’s. We’ll see how much this matters in November.
I didn't expect that. This latest move may prove to be far less popular than is generally believed.
I can't help but wonder if the announcement was made today to get attention off of the DOJ and Holder's mounting troubles.
They’re getting a better tuition break than Americans; paid for by Americans.
US citizenship is now worth the price of a bubble gum card.
These illegals who hate our country shouldn’t be going to school here and getting diplomas.
BO is trying his best to render American citizenship meaningless.
i wonder why this was not an Oct surprise??
He needed to act fast to get Holder off the front pages.
Yes they are... and they are getting preferences for admission due to their minority status over American students.
He is not the president of the American people. His actions all the while and more so as we get closer to the election are acts of treason. Here we have a wanna be tin pot dictator running a shadow government within the United States. Call for impeachement!!!
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