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The immigration debate continues

We’ve all seen a plethora of articles regarding Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, her stance on immigration, and her signing of the controversial lawin 2010. Civil rights leaders, immigration advocates, church leaders, and fellow Governors have criticized the law.

Even President Obama weighed in on the debate, when he said that the law threatened, “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

A day after the State of the Union Address, President Obama traveled to Arizona and was barely off Air Force One when, what should have been a cordial meeting on the tarmac, turned into an apparently testy discussion between the President and the Governor. While the reporters on the scene could not hear what was said, their body language spoke volumes. The encounter ended when the President walked away from the Governor while she was still talking.

Read more at the LA Times.com.

About Eileen Rivera

Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.

The mother of two adult daughters, Eileen has worked in the Juvenile Justice system for twenty-eight years. She acts as a liaison between the Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Court.

Writing was something she shared with family. Stories and songs for her children and Christmas tales for the extended family. She now shares her writing with a larger family, the Being Latino family.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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