Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)


Dear Mr. Presiddent,

My name is Jacqueline E. Alarcon. I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. My maiden name is Popovic. Five years ago, I met the love of my life in Seattle, WA. My husband immigrated to the United States almost 12 years ago, at the young age of 22. He is from Peru originally. My husband made a choice to come illegally to this country because he was raised in poverty. His parents had 7 children and lived on a farm with no electricity or running water as a child. Often, he went barefoot to school and washed his feet outside the school under a water fountain. As the only child and son to graduate from high school in Peru, he moved to Lima when he was 18 to work hard and go to a 2 year vocational type school to obtain some skills. He was the only hope for his family. Having all sisters, he felt he had the responsibility to travel to the United States for work. The entire family lives in poverty. At age 22, he came here, yes, illegally. I remember being 22, and my Mom will surely tell you, that I could have never endured what my husband did at age 22 to come here. My husband started working at a fast food restaurant when he arrived. He worked all night from 2pm-11pm. He lived in a small trailor with an uncle who came here 28 years ago. After working all night, he walked home, and then studied his English book until 3 or 4am. He sent almost every penny home to Peru to pay for food and health issues for his parents and siblings. He went to the community college for 2 years and completed ESL classes. All the while, working 6 days a week at the fast food job.

For over 11 years, my husband has paid taxes, obeyed the law, and has worked so hard to have the job he has today in construction. He had worked for 8 years in quality control for the same company, prior and was the right hand man to the manager for a large rebar company in Seattle. He lost that job in 2012 because a disgruntled fired employee reported the company for hiring illegal immigrants. He lost his job that he had worked at for 8 years.

What you are about to announce tomorrow will change our lives. My husband deserves this. We deserve this. We thank you for doing what you vowed to do. I voted for you both times, and I will probably live my life never knowing a better president of this country.

My husband and I have been married for over 2 years. We have held off on buying a home, having a baby, and even financing a new car because of him not having work or travel rights.

I cry as I write this to you, hoping you get to read this yourself. I thank you Mr. President. My friends and I will be gathered around the television tomorrow at 5pm. I hope you will hear our cheers of joy as you announce the immigration changes tomorrow.

I know this is a long shot, but I will ask anyways. I would like to invite you to my home in Seattle, Washington. I would like to share our story with you, and invite you for dinner.

We can't thank you enough. You are a man of your word. A hero for us.


Jacqueline Ellie Alarcon

206-850-64298 cell
Seattle, WA

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