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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: ANA HERNANDEZ LUNA - LEGISLATOR

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Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform often point to the 1986 legalization bill as a great failure that should not be repeated. What they don't want to talk about are the great number of success stories for people who were able to become legal. One story that is making the news 25 years later is that of Ana Hernandez Luna who gave an extraordinary speech on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives where she told her own story of her life as a young undocumented immigrant in the 1980s.


The Texas Observer reported on her remarks:



Tuesday, after it was all said and done and HB 12 was passed, Houston Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna gave one of the most poignant personal privilege speeches in the history of the Texas House. Hernandez Luna told the chamber that she had grown up undocumented in Texas. The amnesty granted by President Ronald Reagan in the 80s had allowed her family to come out of the shadows, she said.


"I remember the constant fear I lived with each day," she said. "The daily task to go buy groceries, it was a simple task for you but for us it was a death sentence because at any time one of my parents could be deported. Some say immigrant children are a drain on public schools. I don't consider myself a drain. I graduated at 16 with honors got a bachelors degree, got a law degree and was elected to the Texas House at age 27," she said. "I know firsthand the impact HB 12 will have on families who are undocumented, the fear mothers will feel when they go to the grocery store."




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  1. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Very interesting documentary tiled "College Conspiracy"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZtX32sKVEfeature=player_embedded

    For those who may wonder what's the relationship between education and immigration, consider the following:

    Immigration is not longer an isolated issue; instead, it is part of a complex socio-economic-geopolitical and judicial system. The United States is experiencing extraordinary changes in many fronts, specially the economy: massive unemployment (many prestigious economists estimate that the REAL number is approaching 20%), uncontrollable spending, humongous government debt, imminent hyperinflation, increasing costs to sustain ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya, etc. That's why it wouldn't be ludicrous to propose that the sooner the economy collapses, the better since a new order will emerge and correct the mess created by the old one.
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Bravo to Representative Hernandez. How come anyone can say children are "drain" on the system, if there is fewer (relatively, as a percentage) children in the US than there have been in years? How come anyone can say that when there is not enough future adults to pay into SS and Medicare?
  3. gg's Avatar
    dick challenges kyl to work with him on cir


    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/15/sens_durbin_and_kyl_on_border_enforcement.html
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Great compelling story that will go unreported or flat out ignored by the tone of the immigration debate today... Obama should invite her to the photo op's maybe they tell the story then.
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