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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SHAKIRA - SINGER

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Colombian-born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, better known simply as superstar singer Shakira, met with President Obama at the White House today and urged the President to approve comprehensive immigration reform legislation. According to Foreign Policy Magazine:

... Shakira isn't confining her advocacy to education; she also wants Obama to push
forward on immigration reform. White House officials told Shakira that they hope
to reach an agreement this year with the Republican Party to legalize undocumented
immigrants, her representative said.





A lot of politically active performers have been reluctant to embrace immigration reform because of fear of a tea partyish backlash. I'm glad Shakira is not afraid to speak her mind.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    The link is not working for me. If anyone has what she said, please post it. Thanks.
  2. immieb2's Avatar
    Greg,

    K.R. Sridhar CEO founder of Bloom Energy may be a good candidate for your immigrant of the day. See the link below:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/18/60minutes/main6221135.shtml
  3. beppe's Avatar
    she is so pretty!
  4. A concerned American's Avatar
    Hi All,

    America is a country of immigrants. People who came here have always been very hard working and determined to make a great name for this country and for themselves and surely thenceforth this country has become the greatest on earth. All people who came here sacrificed their family and friends whom they left behind to achieve their dream in this land of opportunity. No wonder this country has thence become the best in the world. To discourage immigrants, who are competing in a global economy is not only detrimental to the continued greatness and prosperity of this country, but also harmful to all Americans and to our country by allowing us to rest on the laurels of our predecessors.

    It is just plain commonsense that such an attitude is neither dignified nor patriotic and will only not only make us weaker as people and as a country but would also well result in losng our global leadership position and our prosperity. The only fair reason for anyone complaining should be if someone is not working as hard or as good but getting paid better and if that were to be happening here this country will begin in a downward spiral toward losing its prosperity and its global leadersip position.

    Henceforth recent studies conducted by experts and universities continue to show that legalizing the immigrants, who are not criminals or drug traffickers is in the best interest of our country's economy and prosperity

    I thus think that passing of the comprehensive immigration reform is in the best interest of Americans and our country. It will only continue to make our country prosperous and great. The only people who are harmful to our country are criminals/drug traffickers and they are the ones we should get rid of.

    By the way I may also add that despite the current down economy, analysts point out that previous legislation in the 1980s was also passed in the midst of hard times. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 led to the legalization of 2.7 million "illegal" workers, but did not lead to greater unemployment. Wages also rose 15-20% in the following two decades, the study found. Data also suggests that a policy of mass deportation of migrants in the 1930s worsened the economic crisis.

    May thus God give us the courage and strength to continue to compete openly in this gobal village without fearing people who are better contributors than us and thus continue to keep this country the most prosperous and the most blessed nation on earth. Amen
  5. online loans's Avatar
    Nice blog at blogs.ilw.com. I just read that Shakira visits Haitians living in tent camps. This to me is commendable. Shakira is coming to help Haiti when the rest of the world has more or less forgotten about them.
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