Barack Obama
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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
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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)
Children
  • Malia
  • Sasha
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Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)
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immigration


Dear Mr. President

There is a consensus among many thinkers and philosophers that the true measure of success for any human population is how it treats its most disenfranchised members. If we were to currently apply this litmus test to the United States, we would inevitably fail utterly and miserably, since ethnocentrism seems to be canceling out any humanitarian impulses we should be exhibiting towards those who come to our shores seeking a better life.

Fifty years ago, my widowed mother and I came to this country from Cuba. We were sponsored by our family, all of whom were citizens, all wage earners contributing taxes to the general welfare and social programs aimed to help those in need, including immigrants. It was assumed, correctly, that our family would be responsible for our health and well being. We immediately qualified for a green card, and in filing for one were automatically put on the list for potential citizenship, which we earned within two years. I grew up and have now been a teacher for more than thirty years, taking advantages of the opportunities available in a free country and reaping the rewards of hard work and effort to be a contributing member of its society.

Fast forward fifty years. We now have states treating immigrants like ping pong balls, batting them back and forth because no one wants to be responsible for them. We have immigrant children being warehoused in deplorable conditions with limited access to food, water, medical help and basic care. We have people being put on a bus and left in the middle of nowhere to fend for themselves; how well would you fare if you arrived in a foreign country having no language, no knowledge of geography or social mores, and no money to help you fulfill basic needs like food and shelter? And, most surreal of all, we have vast swaths of the population insisting that all immigrants speak excellent English- one of the three hardest languages in the world to learn (Mandarin Chinese and Basque being the other two)- even though they may have lived all their lives in a remote rural area with no access to schools, books or even a vague semblance of formal education. On top of everything else, achieving citizenship status, much as someone may desperately want to, is akin to Sisyphus pushing a boulder endlessly up a hill only to watch it roll back down, since the barriers in the way to achieving citizenship are just as futile and insurmountable.

Is this really what we have become? Is this how we truly want to treat other human beings, those that come here wanting to be a positive and contributing part of our population? Can we honestly say we have achieved ethical and cultural success as a people?

I believe politicians of both major parties, and citizens of every state in the nation, need to sit down and do a great deal of soul searching and self examination. Our immigration woes were not this insoluble in the past- we are, after all, a nation of immigrants. We can find solutions in our own history, and if not, in our collective imagination and the ingenuity Americans are known for. We cannot continue to treat the disenfranchised among us with such lack of respect and basic humanity. Because if we do, if we allow callous apathy or outright hostility to be our modus operandi to any who seek shelter here, then surely the time will come to pay the piper and the collapse of our way of life is undeniably, steadily, on its inexorable way.

Thank you for listening
Olga Chandler

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Arden T.

BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from the dead. DO YOU KNOW CHRIST JESUS? KING of the JEWs & KING of the UNIVERSE As GOD's gift of LOVE to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Through them came CHRIST JESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, the patriarchs, The Priest the Law, the Prophets, Promises & the HOLY SPIRIT. For the JEW first for SALVATION is from the JEWS. than the gentile. According to HIS sound doctrine. SON of my living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead, My one & only GREAT & GLORIOUS Uncorruptible KING, HIGH PRIEST, LORD, SAVIOR, CREATOR, HEALER, DELIVERER, PROVIDER, & PROTECTOR, HOLY LAMB of GOD that takes away my sins & the sins of the world GREAT & GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN & REEDEMER. May we all be blessed by CHRIST JESUS & give HIM all the GLORY for all that HE has done for us. To the GLORY of HIS GOD & FATHER in HEAVEN & in GLORY & the HOLY SPIRIT. IF EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT LAND WOULD HUMBLE THEM-SELVES AND ALL JOIN HANDS, REPENT AND RECIEVE CHRIST JESUS Son of the living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead, AND DO WHAT HE COMMAND’S TO LOVE HELP & PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. THAN WE MAY SEE HIS MIGHTY HAND OF LOVE MOVING TO ERASE ALL OF THE TRACES OF EVIL IN THIS GREAT LAND, IF EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT LAND WOULD HUMBLE THEM-SELVES AND ALL JOIN HANDS. CHRIST JESUS IF ONLY I KNEW HOW TO TRULY LOVE YOU THAN I WOULD KNOW HOW TO LOVE OTHER’S TO,(YOU SAID LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE ALL MEN),LORD HOW CAN IT SHINE WHEN THERE IS MUCH DARKNESS WITHIN CHRIST JESUS PLEASE TEACH ME HOW TO SINCERELY LOVE & SERVE ONLY YOU Original version written 1994, by Arden d. Timm © copywrite 2001.-2002 E-mail hischild20097777@yahoo.com or lordlike2009@hotmail.com FOR WE HAVE ALL SINNED & FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. WE OURSELVES WERE ALSO FOOLISH, DISOBEDIENT, DECIEVED, by DEFILEMENT, UNBELIEF, THE SINFUL NATURE, CARNAL MIND, & satan demons & idaletry, SERVING VARIOUS LUST AND PLEASURES. LIVING IN MALICE & ENVY HATEFUL AND HATING ONE ANOTHER. BUT WHEN THE KINDNESS AND LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR TOWARD MAN APPEARED. NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT . WHOM HE POURED OUT ON US ABUNDANTLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.k.j.v. titus ch (3) v. 3-6 We all agree to give our lives completely & totally to HIM. JAMES 3; 17 the wisdom that is from above is first of all pure, than peaceable, willing to yield, full of mercy & GOOD FRUIT’S WITHOUT PARTIALITY & HYPOCRICY. Whoever calls upon the person & name of CHRIST JESUS will be saved. Every knee will bow every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD YOU TOO CAN BE LOVED, HEALED, SAVED & PROTECTED & REDEEMED GAL 6-10 THEREFORE, AS WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DOES GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAMILY OF BELIEVERS. K.J.V. & N. I. V.& A.S.V. AND BLESSED…… MAY CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead. Receive all PRAISE, WORSHIP, GLORY, HONOR, LOVE, POWER, REVERENCE, FEAR & THANKSGIVING.

Arden T.

BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from the dead. DO YOU KNOW CHRIST JESUS? KING of the JEWs & KING of the UNIVERSE As GOD's gift of LOVE to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Through them came CHRIST JESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, the patriarchs, The Priest the Law, the Prophets, Promises & the HOLY SPIRIT. For the JEW first for SALVATION is from the JEWS. than the gentile. According to HIS sound doctrine. SON of my living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead, My one & only GREAT & GLORIOUS Uncorruptible KING, HIGH PRIEST, LORD, SAVIOR, CREATOR, HEALER, DELIVERER, PROVIDER, & PROTECTOR, HOLY LAMB of GOD that takes away my sins & the sins of the world GREAT & GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN & REEDEMER. May we all be blessed by CHRIST JESUS & give HIM all the GLORY for all that HE has done for us. To the GLORY of HIS GOD & FATHER in HEAVEN & in GLORY & the HOLY SPIRIT. IF EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT LAND WOULD HUMBLE THEM-SELVES AND ALL JOIN HANDS, REPENT AND RECIEVE CHRIST JESUS Son of the living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead, AND DO WHAT HE COMMAND’S TO LOVE HELP & PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. THAN WE MAY SEE HIS MIGHTY HAND OF LOVE MOVING TO ERASE ALL OF THE TRACES OF EVIL IN THIS GREAT LAND, IF EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT LAND WOULD HUMBLE THEM-SELVES AND ALL JOIN HANDS. CHRIST JESUS IF ONLY I KNEW HOW TO TRULY LOVE YOU THAN I WOULD KNOW HOW TO LOVE OTHER’S TO,(YOU SAID LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE ALL MEN),LORD HOW CAN IT SHINE WHEN THERE IS MUCH DARKNESS WITHIN CHRIST JESUS PLEASE TEACH ME HOW TO SINCERELY LOVE & SERVE ONLY YOU Original version written 1994, by Arden d. Timm © copywrite 2001.-2002 E-mail hischild20097777@yahoo.com or lordlike2009@hotmail.com FOR WE HAVE ALL SINNED & FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. WE OURSELVES WERE ALSO FOOLISH, DISOBEDIENT, DECIEVED, by DEFILEMENT, UNBELIEF, THE SINFUL NATURE, CARNAL MIND, & satan demons & idaletry, SERVING VARIOUS LUST AND PLEASURES. LIVING IN MALICE & ENVY HATEFUL AND HATING ONE ANOTHER. BUT WHEN THE KINDNESS AND LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR TOWARD MAN APPEARED. NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT . WHOM HE POURED OUT ON US ABUNDANTLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.k.j.v. titus ch (3) v. 3-6 We all agree to give our lives completely & totally to HIM. JAMES 3; 17 the wisdom that is from above is first of all pure, than peaceable, willing to yield, full of mercy & GOOD FRUIT’S WITHOUT PARTIALITY & HYPOCRICY. Whoever calls upon the person & name of CHRIST JESUS will be saved. Every knee will bow every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD YOU TOO CAN BE LOVED, HEALED, SAVED & PROTECTED & REDEEMED GAL 6-10 THEREFORE, AS WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DOES GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAMILY OF BELIEVERS. K.J.V. & N. I. V.& A.S.V. AND BLESSED…… MAY CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead. Receive all PRAISE, WORSHIP, GLORY, HONOR, LOVE, POWER, REVERENCE, FEAR & THANKSGIVING.

Chuck B.

What a load of crap. Undocumented illegal aliens should be imprisoned until they can be sent home with the promise of being permenantly deported. The people of the US cannot continue to allow lawbreakers to stay. We are a nation of laws and those who knowingly break our laws are not good candidates for citizenship. The only way to immigrate is through lawful legal means.