LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — An all-star cast of Hollywood celebrities turned the White House brown on Thursday in a bid to jump-start the national debate on immigration reform.

Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria and America Ferrara were among the group of prominent Latino celebrities and activists that visited President Barack Obama on Thursday to offer their insights on how to restart the administration’s bid to overhaul U.S. immigration policy.

The White House said the meeting, which also included local radio show host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, was “to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system.”

Obama wants to overhaul the nation’s immigration system to provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants — a plan unlikely to move forward anytime soon on Capitol Hill with Republicans controlling the House.

But with Latino voters an increasingly important force going into the 2012 election, Obama is determined to show engagement on the issue.

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Comments (9)
  1. rjsmitty says:

    We should have a limit on how many people we except from ALL countries as to be fair to ALL people who want to come here .. There should be a quota for the number of people we can except from all countries…To be fair and not be racist in showing preference in one group over another.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      I would put those DSL’s to work for awhile. Then I would toss her salad and then munch the carpet. Finally, give it to her hard and fast.

  2. Rick says:

    In other words, Obama should kiss our brown a$$e$! Turn the White House brIown? That would be an Outhouse!

  3. Dave Francis says:

    The majority of the legal American people don’t care if it’s the Queen of England or her Entourage who are defending the illegal immigrant occupation in this nation. Any ignoramus speeches from celebrities are not going to alter anything, as the Citizens and those who were processed legally want the laws enforced. The Church has already poked their nose in, where it doesn’t belong; mainly the Catholic religion, as most illegal aliens from South of the border feed their treasury and keep the pews filled. On a similar collision course is the Trade Union, as the SEIU, that the big bosses who have large numbers of illegal aliens paying dues, so they are fighting to keep these people in America.

    Why is the “Rule of Law” not adequate for the Liberal Czarists in the Obama administration, but they can intimidate the State of Arizona by dragging them to court. It seems remote that this legally correct for UTAH, to enact its own Guest worker program. Utah will be noticeably joining the other Sanctuary States of California and Nevada. These two states have high illegal alien concentrations and out-of-control State general public deficits. California is drowning in a Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive 26 billion dollar debt, followed by Senator Harry Reid’s Nevada with roughly $3 Billion. Reid was the perpetrator who eroded E-Verify, the illegal immigrant electronic business verification system; stripping E-Verify of its mandate. How many more States will be overrun by millions of illegal immigrants, running from the restrictive States of Arizona, claiming they have no need to halt the encroachment? Those States that are holding back enactment as Oklahoma illegal immigrant enforcement, such as the pressure of E-Verify, will be inundated with illegal economic refugees fleeing Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Montana.

    Hopefully, I do hope the citizens and legal residents, who will be financially harmed, will throw out the lawmakers who decided to do nothing? As they did in California and Nevada, who are now paying a heavy penalty, as even more economic foreigners start stealing jobs, compliments of dishonest businesses and then applying for public benefits with stolen ID. Then all the children of illegal parents crowding into school classrooms, and whole extended families filling up seats in the hospital emergency rooms will be slowed to a dribble. The story is the same throughout this country and the only hope we have to not prolong this sick carnival is by joining the nearest TEA PARTY. We must rid ourselves of Liberal, Democrats and Republicans who stealthily would arrange amnesties, behind the public’s back. There are many good Presidential candidates who have the TEA PARTY agenda at heart, which will rid us of this unconscionable epidemic of this alien invasion. Ruben Navarrete has quickly forgotten the hundreds of thousands of jobs of the less educated, that has no prejudiced against a persons color. That blacks, whites, brown had their jobs stolen by the illegal immigrant invasion, caused by unfair competition as foreign nationals who come here could exist on lesser wages or benefits, living four families to a home.

    Foothold children to a large extent exhaust the social welfare programs in the US. This is serious intent to legally enter America in near full term of pregnancy, so the birthright law comes into effect. The anchor baby has now a nationwide term, defining an offspring of an illegal immigrant or other non-citizen, who under current legal interpretation becomes a United States citizen at birth; the law is ruthlessly used in apply for welfare programs. The female if allowed staying, gets even more benefits, when they become pregnant again, and again and again. This insures cash payments, food stamps, Wicca and federal Section 8 housing that shortly the whole extended family moves too.

    In one year Parkland Memorial Hospital Dallas, the second busiest maternity ward in the United States, 70% of the women giving birth were illegal aliens. That added up to 11,200 babies for which Medicaid kicked in 34.5 million dollars to deliver these babies, the feds another 9.5 million and Dallas taxpayers tossed in 31.3 million. The sheer numbers are phenomenal. In Stockton, California (2003), 70 percent of the 2,300 babies, born in San Joaquin General Hospital’s maternity ward were foothold babies. FAIR estimates there are about 363,000 children are born to illegal aliens each year. It’s a must read the report in a Pdf file “Illegal Aliens and American Medicine.” Just Google the whole text.

    This nation is crippled by entitlement programs, which has escalated the national deficit to 14.5 trillion dollars. Thanks to decades of uncontrolled spending, we can no longer afford the money expended on the world, or illegal immigrants flocking here. Billions go every year to foothold children, brought into America by poor families in every corner of each hemisphere. The costs must be reversed now, not later as we are heading to a monetary swamp, where America’s credit will be further downgraded by Standard and Poor. Before we reach the debt ceiling, we must force on our reluctant politicians cuts in discretionary spending and every niche of the ever growing government agencies. Many could be merged with others federal entities and all pseudo offices could be closed down. The country is broke and we are fighting wars for other countries.

    We should open up new drilling areas, including Anwar, Alaska. I’m only one of millions of moderate Conservatives who demand not being dictated to by environmentalist who have overwhelmed sane citizens, enforcing such laws as the endangered Species Act. Relocate the wild creatures along the border, or places where they can drill for precious oil. Give Communist China, Mexico an ultimatum that they play by the free trade agreement rules or the TEA PARTY leaders will renegotiate them. Whatever issue is involved such as Oil, Free trade treaties it smells of corruption, lobbyists Campaign Contributions and favors.

    1. Ron says:

      Dave Francis, thanks for the verbosity. Very impressive and informative.

      People, not only will there be a large Latino turnout in 2012, but what do you think will happen, if Obama gets his “path to citizenship”, for the millions of illegals in our country now? And who and what do you think those future legalized voters will vote for, in the future. More welfare and any politician that will promote their causes, just like they NOW DO for the UNIONS. KISS our country goodbye !!!

      Time to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY !!!

  4. Mexican American says:

    @ Dave Francis & Ron

    Ilegals don’t qualify for the majority of social services, so how are they responsible for our countries economic situation? Those born here are just like you an me, human and US citizens so we can’t but the blame on them. They might be helping. Think of all the sales tax they contribute and don’t get a refund come tax time.

    I have one word that caused/started all our economic problems….Reganomics. Regan set the precedence for our government to write checks with no money in the bank. Yet, he’s the end all Republican for conservatives…..? Why?

    Don’t worry, the millions of illegals won’t become citizens overnight. Besides, once US citizens they’ll and be part of OUR country. At that point you wont have illegals to bash anymore, just all the US citizens on welfare.

    Don’t look this up because it will worry you that much more, but the 2010 cenus revealed Latinos are the new largest minority in this country. And that’s just counting mostly LEGAL Latinos. In 2000, I remember hearing that Latinos were expected to be tops in the minority numbers by 2030. Well, Latinos are 20 years ahead of schedule, but dont fret, the America you want to take back will continue to be the great country it has always been. You’ve just been inside the fish bowl too long.

  5. Mexican American says:

    ……and yes, we need to shake down some of these unions.

    1. Ron says:

      If shake down means drastically reduce their monopoly/control of most industries in America, then we agree on one thing.

  6. Sistagirl Young says:

    I believe, with all my heart, that people have the right to a better way of life. But, how can an individual or individuals claim any rights when you enter a country illegally? OK, I understand your reason for being here, but if you are not here legally,you, I am sorry to say are breaking the law.I have more than a fair amount of compassion, but I cannot grasp how these people who are breaking the law have the nerve to demand a reform of said laws. In my opinion,there is nothing wrong with the immigation laws. Some people want to have illegal-immigration laws..There is no such animal. If this does not compute,re-read from the beginning. Legal=rights. Illegal=no rights.But in all honesty, 11 million illegals. Wow. Kinda like lockin’ the barn door after the horse ran off..