Monthly Archives: January 2013

Assignment #1-Audio

With this being the last week of January, Immigration Reform is the featured news item throughout the United States because President Barack Obama is hoping the proposed reform will reach a compromise within the next day – January 31, 2013.

In the past Immigration Reforms have been pushed twice; the Control Act of 1986 under former President Ronald Reagan and the establishment of the “Big Fence” in 2005 under former President George W. Bush and Congress.

Both of the past reforms attempts to resolve immigration into the United States were not completely successful, since illegal residents still resided in the country.

So, what makes this immigration reform of 2013 more amiable?

During a speech in the East Wing of the White House President Obama stated that it shouldn’t make it harder for Latinos or any immigrant ethnicity to work here; it should try to encourage them to contribute to society.

Michael Navarro, a twenty-one year old computer science and welding major at Imperial Valley College, has an optimistic outlook the reform will get passed.

David Arevalo, a twenty year old music major at IVC, also thinks the reform will get passed but he has varying thoughts when it comes to the long term reality of it.

“I think the people, who took advantage of living in the U.S., will continue to the same. They might just abuse the Welfare system,” said Arevalo.

Besides that negative thought, Arevalos agrees with President Obama’s assurance that young people, who were brought here under no fault of their own, shouldn’t be deported and have an opportunity to earn citizenship, if they’re striving to become productive members of society.

Immigration Reform is the Democrats’ top priority because during this past election they received most of the Latino votes.

So, the Democratic Party believes there are better odds for the completion of this reform, but it has to be achieved with the cooperation of the Republicans.





Inauguration Exercise

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States, who was recently sworn into office for his second term on Monday, January 21, 2013, his inauguration ceremonies lasted over a course of three eventful days from January 19 to 21 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

The estimated costs for this 57th inauguration varied from private donations of about $45-50 million spent for parties, balls, and concerts, while taxpayers paid the rest of the expenses for the parade, transportation, swearing-in, and security.

Presidential inaugurations are a part of American history, but with the national debt accumulating to approximately $16.5 trillion dollars, was it really necessary for President Obama to have the ceremonial inauguration events, as he did?

Anarosa Olmos, a communications major at Imperial Valley College, said she heard a lot of people talking about President Barack Obama’s inauguration, even thought she didn’t see it.

“I never paid attention to it at all. I don’t think it’s that interesting,” said Olmos.

Although the inauguration doesn’t appeal to Olmos, she has one simple thought when it comes to the sum of expenses.″>

Ahmad Aasiya-Bey, a psychology major at Imperial Valley College, said he doesn’t agree that the national debt was as high as it was.″>

In all, the total estimated costs for President Obama’s inauguration summed up to about $170-180 million adding more to the United States’ national debt.