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Talking about Obama’s Legacy

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte January 15, 2016

Let us flashback for a little bit in 2008, a young senators from Illinois Senator Barack Obama was running for president of the United States. He was up against the political juggernaut Senator Hillary Clinton from New York, he beat her, in the democratic primary, like David beats Goliath. In due of his last year of presidency I want to write about his legacy.

His biggest legacy perhaps is ObamaCare, a health care law that gave Americans the choice to buy Cheep on the private market. It is a step on the right direction and is definitely not perfect, because their are millions of people that are uninsured. I think that America is over due for universal healthcare. 

One of the most controversial things that Obama did is his executive action on immigration. As an effort to give relief to undocumented young people in 2012, signing the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals. And in 2014 he sign a expanded version that gave relief to their parents and to people who are not legible back in 2012.

The most disappointing things about Obama is the wars in the Middle East. He said while campaigning in 2008 that he will end the wars that was started by his predecessor President Bush, specially Iraq. Six years later America is still fighting in Iraq. In my opinion the president should discharge from Iraq in 2010.

One of the most amazing things that happened during his presidency is the legalization of Marriage equality. Obama is the first president to ever support marriage equality. He did it whIle campaigning in 2012 for his second term.

Lastly, Obama is not a perfect president. He have some issues, for me issues of economics, he is like a republican. He is still corrupt. Finally, he is still better than his predecessor by a mile.

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Happy thanksgiving: the history of thanksgiving 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

November 25, 2015

As we probably know by now the last Thursday of November is thanksgiving, a holiday for turkey and mash potato, it is also for giving thanks for a good year that pass. This is a completely American Holliday. Understandably Americans are very protective of this Holliday, 

 Last year, I remembered a story of an undocumented family from Mexico had a thanksgiving dinner. Their neighbors told them that they are not supposed to celebrate thanksgiving because they are not Americans.

The first ever recorded thanksgiving dinner was in the New England area by Pilgrims in short it is by settlers or (immigrants) from Europe. The dinner is for giving thanks for a safe trip to the new world. The pilgrims invited native Americans to join them. 

 The Holliday wasn’t regularly celebrated until the civil war, when president Abraham Lincoln put the date to celebrate the union’s win. Celebrated every 4th week of November, it was a gate way to the Christmas season. 

By the 1930’s during the Great Depression president Franklin D. Roosevelt move the date to the 3rd week of November. So that the retailers will have an ample time to prepare for Christmas, and people are outrage. The very next year FDR signed an executive order that move thanksgiving back to its original date.

Lastly, people should shut up when people want to celebrate thanksgiving even is they are not Americans or if they are undocumented.. It is their right to celebrate the Holliday.
What are you thankful for this year? Here is what I am thankful for, first and foremost I am thankful for the Internet, because if there. is no internet I will not be able to do what ever i want, the blog Secondly, I am thankful for technology in general. Lastly for my family and friends specially, my mom, dad and my sister Joanna who made things possible for me. Happy thanksgiving guys!! 


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¬†Americans misconceptions about immigration

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

    Since presidential candidate Donald Trump saiid those nasty things about Mexican immigrants, like they are all murderers and rapist. People in America have a misconception about this “illegal” immigrants and immigration in general. Americans don’t know the facts.

     Immigration is the most controversial yet least understood topic in America. People don’t really want to touch this topic because of their personal history. Plus it’s primarily the Media’s fault. I want to debunk five myths about immigration.

Myth: Undocumented immigrants don’t want to be legal 
    They do, but they can’t. There is no recourse for immigrants to get legal once they are illegal. Plus the immigration code of the United States is much more complicated than a tax code. 

2. Myth: undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes

      According to Vice News undocumented immigrants pay 11.3 billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2011. Furthermore in the social security secretary said in an interview with Vice news that undocumented immigrants pays S.S with their fake or doctored papers. 

3. Myth: All undocumented people are Mexicans 

   Although 6 million of 11 million are Mexican, the rest are not. 1 million are from Asia: the largest group are Filipinos with 300. thousand. 800 thousand are from Central America. 300 thousand are from Europe. (as in white people). 

4. Myth: a lot of undocumented workers are criminals  

    I’m sorry for what happened in San Fransisco recently but this is so frustrating because this is simply not true. Last year 30 thousand are apprehended but only 5000 have felony offenses and are deported.

5. Myth: border security: securing the U.S. Mexico border 

  The U.S. Mexico border is more secure than ever due to technology. I have a question: What border can withstand every human will.

     Lastly, what Donald Trump said is wrong, bigoted and racist. These people came to America because of the poverty in Mexico and elsewhere. They don’t want to be called illegal. They wanted a better life for there families What wouldn’t you do for a better life.

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The impact of immigration in the economy of the Philippines

By Joaquin Tenedora- Forte

            Migration according to the United Nations is a human right. But How can you console a country that is reeling from brain drain, from a luck of job opportunities and a luck of a better salary. I am obviously talking about our own country the Philippines. Where in ten million people are abroad. That’s eleven percent of the total population of the country.

      In this article, I will be focusing on Filipinos in America, because they are the largest concentration of Filipinos in the world. Also because of our tight history.  

       There are 4 million Filipinos in the United States, why are they moving. For reasons like they wanted a better life that they don’t have in the Philippines. I don’t blame the nurses, doctors and engineers who wanted to make a better lives for being there. The salary of a nurse in America is $68,000 Annually compared to the salary of a nurse in the Philippines $8570. The Philippine economy isn’t ready to pay the price that cost.

      The impact of migration economically is good, the Philippines had received billions of dollars of remittances each year. That’s why when in 2008 the Great Recession hit we weren’t hit that hard. But there are some draw backs, the biggest draw back is the brain drain that is occurring until today people who study in the brightest universities in the country is always itching to get out of the country and go abroad to where the money is.

        The biggest impact of migration is seen in the family. The Filipinos are like the Italians of Asia, we have close extended family since one in every ten Filipinos are abroad, the Filipino family is essentially broken. The children of OFW’s are reeling from luck of parental guidance. Most children lose affection for their parents, Even if sometimes people consider them as well to do, they are virtual orphans. 

       One of the biggest secrets of the Filipino migrant community all across the world is the hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrant workers, the TNTs short for Tago ng Tago in English hiding and hiding. In America there are an estimated 300 thousand undocumented Filipinos, they often work under the table jobs and like their documented counter parts, the undocumented people wants a better life for their families here in the Philippines.

       In the country of 100 million, where in people suffers, the government had a responsibility to get people jobs here in the country. In the economy that they say is booming, where are the jobs. The minimum wage is not just a living wage is almost a slave wage. You are paying them too little. It’s because of corruption that plague the country for decades, it’s also the wrong course, people are not getting jobs because of the wrong degrees.

    While I want to thank people for the country’s economy. I almost feel bad, bad because they need to go in great lengths to feel economically stable to come back. I feel so bad that many of my countrymen need to go to heights just to have the money to buy homes, to pay for the children’s fees at school. I can’t believe That this is happening in a supposedly booming economy.


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