Saturday, September 29, 2007
Photo: Cuauhtemoc Blanco
U.S. immigration priorities are upside down
It's ok that Cuauhtemoc Blanco is an immigrant. The Minute Men aren't going to protest against him or the team that signed him on. He doesn't have to get anxious while going through LAX.
The U.S. wants people like Blanco. You don't hear much about visa problems for Mexican immigrants who are stars. I suppose the U.S. thinks it needs them. This country forgets those that it really needs; everyday people who construct homes and office buildings, keep small companies going; that keep the mechanics of the U.S. working. While the nation runs after Cuauhtemoc, it forgets there are also lots of DREAM ACT students already here, that have not been as welcome as Blanco (with the exception of the military - where their bodies are wanted for recruitment).They could take on the technical jobs that the U.S. is having so much troubling filling.
Congratulations to Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his success. With all due respect to a great soccer player...the U.S. could do without a soccer star, but it cannot function without the regular Mexican immigrant and his/her children, the DREAM ACT kids.
By the way,
When the reporter commented on a recent interview with Blanco he said:
"He [Cuauhtemoc] kept his answers short and without controversy. The exception perhaps came in response to a question on immigration, when Blanco said, "Even if they put up a wall between us, we are intelligent enough to find a way to jump it."
Perhaps he could be a spokesman for the cause.
Blanco walks on mild side
Mexican soccer star relaxes his famously fiery demeanor as he tries to help Chicago into the MLS playoffs. He didn't even have harsh words for Chivas USA.
By Jaime Cárdenas, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 29, 2007
"...We were desperate for a player like Cuauhtemoc," Armas said. "He brings lot of creativity. He never plays backward, always forward. He's always looking for penetrating passes [and] he lives to set up goals. Sometimes the media gets caught up . . . but he really brings a lot of passion and he cares about winning so much that he came at the perfect time to the team."
Blanco's presence has attracted more media attention than usual for tonight's game.
Mexican TV networks Televisa and TV Azteca have dispatched crews to cover the game. And ESTO, an all-sports newspaper, previewed the game and ran an Old West-style "wanted" poster of 34-year-old Blanco.
Even the Fire's arrival at LAX on Thursday was all about Blanco. About 50 Club America fans were waiting for him. One witness described the scene as chaotic as fans climbed up on the baggage claim turnstile, stepping on pieces of luggage in the process, just to be closer to Blanco. Some even followed him to the men's room.
Asked Friday about that fan reaction, Blanco said, "It's good that people welcome you in such a way, no?"
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