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Undocumented Latina makes Time 100 list
Dulce Matuz is on Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
April 19th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Undocumented Latina makes Time 100 list

By Alyse Shorland, CNN

(CNN) - This week Time Magazine released its 100 Most Influential People in the World list. Among the presidents, CEOs and entertainers was a 27-year-old activist and undocumented Latina, Dulce Matuz.

Matuz has become a public face of undocumented students. She organizes protests and has been arrested.  CNN.com profiled Matuz last year as part of its coverage leading up to the documentary "Don’t Fail Me: Education In America."

Matuz first spoke out as an undocumented student in 2010 in Arizona. In 2008, she founded the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. As the founder and president, she brings together youth of all backgrounds to campaign on behalf of  an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school in the United States each year, according to the Urban Institute.

Matuz found out about a month ago that she would be a part of the Time 100 list, which is chosen by the magazine’s editors.  Actor and activist Eva Longoria penned a description of Matuz, writing that she “represents the finest of her generation.”

“It’s been overwhelming. I am happy and honored - but this recognition is not for me, but for all the undocumented students and youth that work with me,” Matuz said.

Right now, she’s working to rally the Latino vote in Arizona.

“There’s lot of responsibility,” Matuz said. “We have 300,000 unregistered Latino voters in Arizona, and we have to let them know that even though I cannot vote, I have a voice.”

Matuz said even though recognition has led to her undocumented status becoming well-known, she’s never been afraid of what might happen to her.

“My mom told me that fear is from the devil, so I am not afraid,” Matuz said. “I just can't think about it.”

In Time, she said, "We are Americans, and Americans don't give up."

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  1. paranormal world

    Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to offer one thing again and help others like you helped me.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wiselatina2theright

    Comprehensive immigration enforcement and shutting off the economic incentives of public benefits and employment of illegals will do the trick. Attrition through enforcement. Works everytime and puts Americans back to work.

    April 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bigboss

    really who cares

    April 22, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. matt

    Boycott Time magazine!!!!!! Put them out of business.

    April 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. p4p

    earn your keep... you come here illegally, then have the nerve to criticize our way of life and laws. you come to my house and complain how i run it. the least you could do is serve in our great military, get used and get sent back once we're done (not sarcastic). it is not hate, it is my point of view... drop the same blood in the same mud with those that have served and may never see their loved ones again. then, maybe then you might get a temporary visa. STOP ASKING FOR HANDOUTS!!! IF YOU'RE ILLEGAL, GET DEPORTED...

    April 21, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Why hasn't she been deported yet?

    April 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambridge Ray

      Are you familiar with the immigration crisis at all?? Do some reading, and then come back.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cambridge Ray

    "Like most people who use the term "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" you fail to define what it means. It is a meaningless statement without definition."

    It is clearly defined, in Congress. It necessarily implies a Path to Legalization and Citizenship. You baggers know it as "amnesty" but it is nothing of the sort: look it up.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wiselatina2theright

      Any scheme that grants legal residency to illegal aliens instead of making them return to their nations of origin and get in line like e eryone else..is amnesty...it allows them to remain, get work Uthorization, and avail themselves of many benefits. It is discriminatory against all immigrants patiently waiting their turn to immigrate legally. Unfair

      April 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        From one Latina to another,

        How is the dream act a scheme to give amnesty to all illegal immigrants? Last time I checked, the purpose of the dream act was to give a path to legalization and citizenship to young adults, who were brought here illegally when they were young children, by having them serve in our military or attend our colleges. How dare they want to fight for our country our receive a college degree and pursue a career that will help our community in a way (sarcastic tone). This does not apply to all illegal immigrants! You said that this is unfair to all the immigrants who waited to legally get their residency here. I say that it is unfair to expect a 5 year old child to know how to sign forms, wait in line, hire a lawyer, and write letters to the embassy in order to be a legal resident here. Sounds like you have not done your reading on this particular issue. I advice you do so in order to make a valid point. Thanks:)

        April 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kelly

    memma, you seem to think that if you are providing for your kids everything is ok (short of hurting anyone). Can I rob a bank for them if I don't hurt anyone? I realize that that example is rather extreme, but illegal immigrants are robbing the American people. Medical care, Food Stamps, Welfare, Social Security, Housing, etc....

    April 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. p4p

    let's patrol the borders and keep illegals out. the american empire will rule all, lol... all you silly people. send her and her family back to mexico to dance la cucaracha. i'm hispanic and a citizen of the greatest country in the world. i pay my taxes, paid my way through college and didn't use my status to get any handouts as if these were deserved. she is no poster child and she certainly doesn't represent me. FOLLOW THE RULES AND STOP ASKING FOR HANDOUTS!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesssssssss

      Has anyone ever told you that Ignorance is an ugly trait!

      April 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I'm with you.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hal Atosis

    Put her on the FBI's top 10 list and deport her "white-Hispanic" butt.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambridge Ray

      "Sorry, but our activities are not dictated by your hate"
      -Signed: The FBI

      April 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Nothing to do with hate, it's all about the law.

        April 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cambride Ray

    Capitalism and Racism are in agreement: We only want the better, prettier people, the best batters, singers, etc. (I would DEFINITELY like all immigrants to be Miss Venezuelas, or members of the Swedish Bikini Team and Einsteins!)

    The HUGE difference is that Racists want to be approved IN ADVANCED, sight unseen, like a blank check.

    Sorry, haters: NO BLANK CHECKS in Capitalism!

    -Ramon

    April 20, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      "Capitalism and Racism are in agreement" America lets in more legal immigrants that any other country on earth, and most of those are non-european. America has also given amnesty to illegal immigrants twice in the last few decades, most of whom were non-european. You are a race baiter that needs to do his research.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambridge Ray

        "America lets in more legal immigrants that any other country"

        We obviously need more. Read about Economics, the Invisible Hand (the market), efficiency, demand and supply, capitalism and survival of the fittest.

        April 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      That has to be one of the most ignorant and ridiculous comments I have ever seen. But fits right in with the typical democrat line, dont mess around with whether or not you are making an intelligent argument or care if facts are actually being used in your comments, just call the other person or group of people that dont agree with you a racist.
      Try having a rational discussion sometime without resorting to the democrats typical hate mongering and name calling tactics.

      April 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cambride Ray

    The fact is that ALL our ancestor were a bunch of COWARDS, who told the leaders of their respective countries: "Go perform self-intercourse" and escaped (I, from Chavezuela) to the USA, proceeding to create the greatest country on Earth.

    -Ramon The Proud Coward

    April 20, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. mema

    Ana maybe your parents had the time and money to file and pay for your papers. It has nothing to do with being irresponsible or abuse of laws it is about feeding and providing for a child that looks to you when they are hungry and have no shoes on their feet. I am an American citizen and all I can say is my love for my children knows NO bounds. Short of causing injury to another person I would do whatever it takes to provide for my family. So sue me!

    April 20, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lost

    :)

    April 20, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. migeli

    Who hires illegals? The poor? The middleclass? Who outsources all the factories and god jobs overseas?The poor?The middleclass.? So the wealthy have you all arguing about this issue whe they are the ones causing it.Wake up America!yes and I missspelled good. TOUGH.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jessica

      And by the way, no, the 'wealthy class' isn't the cause of all of America's problems. Everyone contributes.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. migeli

    The illegal immigration problem started in 1492.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avigdore

      Pray tell, which law was it that was broken in 1492?

      April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Don

    so yea that sucks.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Don

    so the 13 year old did not know his parents were not American? Somehow i doubt this happens often.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Don't know what happen to my post but just want to share two inspiring quotes:

      "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all."

      George Washington

      "Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it."

      Thomas Jefferson

      April 20, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ana Zuniga-Maus

    I understand that they were brought here as child, but we have to draw the line somewhere, we can not keep making excuses for their parents irresponsibility and complete abuse of our laws, This kids have no one to blame for their misfortune, than their own parents. If we will legalize them now, we are opening the door for more to come with their children, in hope we will do it again, just as it is happening with illegal immigration.
    I am a Hispanic immigrant and I think that this kids are the sole responsibility of the country where they were born and the one that have jurisdiction for them, not the tax payers of America. If we all waited on a real line at our countries of origin to get the proper papers to come legally, they can go back and do the same, it will make them feel better to know they done the right thing.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. migeli

    Why don't you blame the wealthy people with the tax cuts who hire illegal immigrants instead of Americans.But no, that would be too intelligent for all you racist knuckleheads.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      So illegal aliens are now a race, how liberal can you get.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambridge Ray

        According to a recent decision by the United Nations, attacks against ANY ethnicity (Latinos, for instance) qualify as racism.

        April 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. MITPhD

    I agree that the best interest of the country should be the goal. Many economic studies have shown that sending 11 million illegal aliens "home" would be disastrous to the US economy. While I agree with being a nation of laws – sometimes the laws are bad and need to be fixed. Slavery used to be the law. It used to be the law that women could not vote. Discrimination used to be legal before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Reality is complicated and "black or white" extreme answers do not work. Send all 11 million home is neither practical or the best thing for the US. We need to find a PRACTICAL solution that works – and NOT bumper sticker slogan solutions. Comprehensive immigration reform is part of this.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      Your pathetic excuses and talking point do not make sense. It is clearly evident you do not live in an area that is the product of illegal aliens and their anchor babies. There are many thing in common with these people, but what really stands out is the middle and high schools with enclosed fences and security guards.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      I hardly think it is worth comparing slavery, civil rights violations and other discrimination's to border patrol and immigration security. There are black and white answers, but we can call them legal immigration and illegal immigration if you want to.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Martin Luther King III disagrees with you. He wrote, on CNN: "This is the equivalent of the Civil Rights issue"

        April 20, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Alan

    More power to her! The vast majority of the people who post here never had to earn their American citizenship and the blessings that come with it. This woman has earned American citizenship in my eyes far more than the average natural born American. We should be proud to welcome people like her.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Don

    I'd say the responsibility is split. I wouldn't say the US owes them anything necessarily, but i can say personally i think the money would be better spent if the US helped its neighbors on this continent rather than some others. The issue though about throwing money at issues like this is making sure its used properly, not going to bully gangs/cartels, Our own country is having issues with properly spending its own money so i do not know how we would be able to make sure another country uses it properly/wisely.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Roumen LA

    Miguel, I agree with your sentiment but one doesn't "brake" the law. One "breaks" it.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Oh my its the grammer police. Uugg.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Grammar.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
      • mema

        Oops lol.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "Oops lol."

        Watch out: Next time you will be deported.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  25. GoHome

    She needs to make the Deportation List. Go back to where you came from and make your own country a better place, instead of abandoning it. It only means that if things aren't good here, you will abandon our place as well. An opportunist with no true loyalty to country.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "make your own country a better place"

      Like your ancestors did, to their countries?

      April 20, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Allan

        We're not our ancestors so who really cares. I am concerned about the here and now- not what somebody I am related to did centuries ago. If an illegal immigrant comes in, gets undeserved benefits, and jumps ahead of her own people trying to legally get access to our country, then yes, I have a problem, and you should too. Life's not fair. Sure it would be great for everyone to have the opportunities provided in the US, but resources are limited and it is impossible for it to happen that way. The next FAIREST way is to give the benefits to the deserving, tax-paying Americans and the legal immigrants that follow. NOT the ones who bypass the system and stick their hands out because they've had it hard.

        April 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Allan

        That, my friend, would be called making our country a better place RIGHT NOW and the people who legally inhabit it. So drop the ancestor bit, that was so 200 years ago.

        April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambridge Ray

        "So drop the ancestor bit, that was so 200 years ago."

        Really? They are all dead? That means that Anglos have NO CLAIM whatsoever to this country.

        April 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil

      Funny, caue I'm pretty sure that how "Americans" came to this land in the first place. Ironic isn't it?

      April 20, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • NativeAmerican

      Thats a great idea. Lets start with the Anglos that came to America when they weren't invited.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Chiquita

    I am very surprised that no US citizen has asked her to marry her yet to gain her naturalization. There are many single, good looking, sympatico and rich US citizen guys who would love to walk her down the aisle in holy matrimony. Ella es muy caliente!!!

    April 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      No joke. She is absolutely gorgeous and has alot of motivation to help make this country a better place. Kuddos! Im sure after Time hits the shelves she will get plenty of fan mail. ;)

      April 20, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      I previousle mentioned that she is already married to a US citizen and will eventually become a legal resident

      April 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lilgtogirl

    If Time knows where she is, why doesn't ICE? Screw Time magazine. They have not been relevant since...well...they had that interesting story about the moon landing about 40 years ago. That was it.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chuck

    Ah yes, lets make heros out of those that break the law

    April 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      We do all the time when we glorify crooked politicians who start wars on fabricated intelligence and strip away our civil liberties.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for breaking South Africa's laws. It is so terrible that this lawbreaker is glorified (please note I am being sarcastic). Laws are made by humans – not God. Consequently some of them are bad laws. As Henry David Thoreau wrote "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." from Civil Disobedience.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Andrew

    Illegals don't owe several billion dollars. In fact, they've saved you several *trillion* dollars by lower the cost of produce and food products that they pack. Next time you eat a salad, you remember that you are eating it because the hands of a -migrant- worker picked it for less than minimum wage so that they could have a better life for their family and so you could eat cheap lettuce. You may not want them, but you sure as hell need them.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. O My Paper Man

    American has always needed a source of cheap labor to keep our economic system viable. Who will do your dirty work Don?

    April 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      seriously? you know nothing about me and ill keep it that way, but I know plenty of unemployed Americans out of work who would.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • mema

        Don your either in denial or just plain blind. NO American would do the work for the pay they recieve. That is a fact. Farmers in Texas have repeatedly hired Americans to work on their ranches and crops. Guess what. They do not last a week. I dont blame them realy bad pay, no vac, no medical, migrant work, very hard work, no retirement. Problem is someone needs to do those jobs.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Don, you've got to be joking, three years ago I hired a contractor to prune a large pecan tree that was overshadowing my pool. The guy asked for $600 and came around with a drunk Georgia good-ole-boy who was his "tree surgeon." The guy came down after cutting a couple of branches, stumbled around a bit and claimed that he had leg cramps. After much argument, I got the contractor to settle for $300. Two days ago I asked a building custodian to remove an old large blueprint check set (about 30 lbs.) from my office and have it shredded because it was taking up space. He made tracks and disappeared until today, when he came into my office, grumbling over the fact that I'd told the maintenance manager that I was waiting on him to do the chore. It goes on and on. I'm familiar with "willingness" of most Americans to do certain jobs, dude.

        April 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Don

    I do not know how this is an issue. illegals must be deported and go through the proper channels to become US Citizens. That is really all there is too it.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Josh

    Amazing that she can so blatantly flaunt our country's laws. Actually, it's not amazing, it's sickening.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. O My Paper Man

    OK. Who were the first illegals to this continent? It was not the Native Americans, they were here first. They were here first and then when a treaty (papers) were presented to them it was all a bunch of B.S.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      native americans were here first yes, but since that time many hundreds of years ago a country has formed with rules and a new form of democracy that currently doesn't allow people to come here illegally, non-citizens, and demand stuff. thats the way it is. go through the proper channels to become a citizen.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoHome

      The Native Americans, as we call them, also came here from someplace else.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        I know, I am aware. i only said first because i have no idea who lived here before them.

        April 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  34. O.S. Bird

    She's in the US illegally. Why hasn't she been deported?

    April 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      Maybe for the same reason people don't get arrested for spitting on the street. That is the law in many cities, but law enforcement – whose job it is to serve and protect – have way TOO MANY others things to do that really protect US Citizens than arrest people for spitting on the street. So – would you rather ICE go after people that are a danger to US citizens or spend their time arresting a social activist who is clearly not a danger to anyone.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • hank

      because she will vote( illegally) for Obama

      April 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Cambride Ray

    You just proved that America is better than Mexico! What will you discover for an encore?

    April 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. R. Williams

    No, your insurance rates keep going up to cover losses in the stock market by the insurance companies. Same reason they keep going up in states that have Tort reform.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Cambride Ray

    Your comment is only relevant if you are planning to emigrate to Mexico – Illegally, of course.

    Send us some post cards, and tequila!! Oh, watch out for those Federales, they are all over the place, always on the take. Not to worry, though: Bring plenty of singles, they are easy to bribe.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  38. elvisisallah

    yep

    April 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Thayer

    How is someone who enters and stays in your house without permission, "your children"? Please explain.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "How is someone who enters and stays in your house without permission, "your children"?"

      Are you seriously saying that you cannot tell the difference between a HOUSE and a COUNTRY???

      I will give you a couple: HOUSES cannot be members of the UN, countries are NOT listed in real state guides.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      You used the analogy of a neighbor abusing their kids so I went along with your analogy. Are you seriously that dense?

      April 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. DrJames

    Yeah!

    April 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. matt

    so, crime does pay.....?

    April 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      I guess you think the same thing about Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison for BREAKING THE LAW in South Africa.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Christy

    She needs to go back to Mexico and put her energy and drive into changing that country. I love how every liberal wants to throw open the door giving our resources to illegals. Well if we close the door, the brain drain that's destroying Mexico will stop and those brains that stay will force change. We're not doing Mexico any favors by letting their people crash her. It's like we're a liquor store and they're the alcoholic.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealDoris

      Um, Sweetie-Pie, I'm a liberal and I still understand that we're a country of laws. Being here illegally, however that came about, is against them.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • NativeAmerican

      WOW, another comment from an immigrant, who claims to be an American. You can go home too. You are not from America, your ancestors were not invited by my tribal ancestors.

      April 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cambride Ray

    "Right now, she’s working to rally the Latino vote in Arizona."

    The state with the highest growth of Latino voters is Arizona (50%+ increase). Keep up the good work, Dulce!!

    -Ramon

    April 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Not all Latinos support illegals. As the economy degrades, so will the support for illegals.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      "Latino," LOL. Any Romanian would be justified in calling themselves a "Latino."

      We're talking about mainly Spanish-speaking mestizos here.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. BC

    Melvin...Is that your real name? Let me know so I can have ICE come pick you up. You are pathetic. You know nothing about my country. Go back to Mexico.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. BC

    Hey MELVIN....Go back to Mexico!!! This is my country.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jim

    True statement for most Latinos.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      It takes numerous generations before a responsible American citizen is borne out of an illegal alien family. Our failing schools and prison are a direct result of unchecked immigration of the slime that snuck into our country.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. jim

    Race should play no part in this discussion. The best interest of American citizens should be the topic. I have neither pride nor shame in my race because I did not choose my race...

    April 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Good point..

      April 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      You must be white, because only whites would feel that way.

      Everyone else takes pride in what they are.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • GoHome

        Right, Mitch. I'm proud to be an American.

        April 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      "You must be white, because only whites would feel that way.

      Everyone else takes pride in what they are."

      No, everyone else feels the need to publicly state that they are proud of what they are. People should should just BE who they are, and stop crowing about it.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      I agree that the best interest of the country should be the goal. Many economic studies have shown that sending 11 million illegal aliens "home" would be disastrous to the US economy. While I agree with being a nation of laws – sometimes the laws are bad and need to be fixed. Slavery used to be the law. It used to be the law that women could not vote. Discrimination used to be legal before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Reality is complicated and "black or white" extreme answers do not work. Send all 11 million home is neither practical or the best thing for the US. We need to find a PRACTICAL solution that works – and NOT bumper sticker slogan solutions. Comprehensive immigration reform is part of this.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kelly

        Like most people who use the term "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" you fail to define what it means. It is a meaningless statement without definition.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  48. Cambride Ray

    You go, Chica!!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. GB333

    I always thought that instead of using our resources in Iraq and Afghanistan, that we should clean up Mexico.

    Used to be a place people wanted to go to, even to live.

    And they say we are going to be mostly Mexican in the US by 2050. So lets stop the drug war, put our troops there(if their government agrees) and bring back Mexico to what is used to be. A great and cheap vacation place for Americans.

    I kid, but I do think it is in the interest of the USA to help Mexico.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Amrikaninfidel

    What ever you guys say about Newt Gingrich but I agreed with his task of deporting criminal illegals or the members of the latino gangs who are here illegally and running drugs. They gotta go first and then everyone on case by case basis. No point deporting this girl or the war vets...The people who attacked america are Arabs, Pakis and muslims. They are enemy number one. We should seriously evaluate any student visa, work permit or travel visa issued to Arabs, Pakis and muslims. Even it means $7/gallon oil. They did way more damage to economy in 9/11. Peace

    April 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoHome

      No need for case-by-case basis. They all have to go, period. You cannot reward them for breaking into our house. That's just plain lunacy.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alan

        Yeah, how dare they trespass on our property to mow our lawns, take care of our children, and grow food in our gardens!!

        April 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. DrJames

    Whatever...

    April 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dave

    "represents the finest of her generation". Really? This is what we celebrate. Violating another country's laws is worthy of glorification? This is what we hold up as an example?

    April 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      yes

      April 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      Yep. She's such a great lady! She breaks our laws and spIts in our faces but we shower her with praise. Wha? Huh? Americans' have become, bar none the spineless stupid people on Earth. NO OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WOULD DO THIS. NO COUNTRY.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for breaking South Africa's laws. It is so terrible that he is celebrated (please note I am being sarcastic). Laws are made by humans – not God. Consequently some of them are bad laws. As Henry David Thoreau wrote "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." from Civil Disobedience.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  53. haps54

    She isn't afraid of the American government, that's for sure. She knows they will not deport her although they should.

    Her deportation would cause mass protests and civil unrest and she knows it.

    She is the liberal's poster child for Obama's re-election.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Although she did not break any law, her parents certainly did.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JuanMoretime

      And your mother has been trying to change her standing on abortion since you were 10 years old...and make it retroactive.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • O.S. Bird

      Do you really think that illegals weren't allowed to stay before Obama's election? Nothing was done about the problem while Bush was in office. So blame Obama for what he's done. No need to make things up.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • GoHome

        Yes, don't forget that Bush tried to implement Amnesty as well, as a bipartisan effort, but the people rose up in protest and he and those who supported it had to (thankfully) back down.

        April 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Miguel M

    most people that i know and complaint about illegal immigrants are the ones the benefit the most, here in California we offer jobs opportunities to Us born people in the agricultural area and they rather pick a corner and ask for free money. and are 100 % white.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      So what? You shouldn't generalize about any race.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      Miguel lives the lie that Mexicans only do the jobs others won't do. So who the heck did all the landscaping, construction, painting, auto repair etc, etc. before illegal Mexicans took them over by working for next to nothing killing the wages and ruining millions and millions of jobs for Americans.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alan

        Immigrants, mostly

        April 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Bob Bennett

    In Time, she said, "We are Americans, and Americans don't give up."
    Noooo!!! What BS!!! excuse me!! she is ILLEGAL and should be treated that way!!!
    WE *real americans!* don't give up easily... we are tired of this BS about immigration.
    I am all in favor of kicking ALL of them out, immediately.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoHome

      You are not alone.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NativeAmerican

      Yes! Let's start with the WHITE invaders. Go home...make your country a better place. Leave AMERICA to her REAL OWNERS!

      April 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • deport illeglas

      I agree with you. America will be a great country without illegal immigrants. If you or I broke the law we would be punished, so why aren't they being deported. Americans against illegal immigrants should write letters and protest to end this. If we stood together after 9/11 we should stand together now. It's sad to say because Hitler so pure evil, but he had more control over Europe then the American government has over the United States.

      April 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Bill

    We won the wars and got the land. That's how it's work since man stood upright. Get over it.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Latino

      OOps. Now you are loosing the war. Latinos will be the predominant heritage in a few more years. Get over it.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Disgusted

    Plain ignorance. Let's look back into America's history. If this land is anyone's land, it sure as hell isn't white people's land. It's more the "latinos" land. Europeans came over here & took over something that was not theirs by raping & killing Native Americans. Pushing all the the Native Americans out of here. Not only North America, but Central & South America. I was born & raised in this country with Salvadoran parents. I DO believe that laws are laws & they need to be followed. No, I do not support illegal entry into this country or into any other country. But, when I read some of your ignorant comments, I just chuckle & am glad to see my people get to where they have been able to get in this country. You wanna talk about getting these people out of here? How about all the white folks go back to Europe where you first came from & give us back our land. The stupid stuff you people say makes me feel ashamed to have European blood.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      This land belongs to US citizens. Period. To suggest otherwise, insults every American citizen.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Boris

        She has got power, you don't. She leads other people, you post nonsense on CNN. She practices freedoms afforded by our system. That makes her more American than you. Cry all you want, she is not going anywhere. Evolve or become a victim of Evolution.

        April 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "This land belongs to US citizens."

        Which includes legal immigrants and so-called anchor babies.

        -Ramon

        April 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • jim

        What matters is that the USA exists for US citizens whether they be "natural born" or "naturalized." US citizens will decide the future because US citizens vote.

        April 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      I do agree that some stupid stuff has been posted here, and yours is among them...

      April 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disgusted

        Ha!

        April 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kelly

        wow, such an intelligent response Mr. disgusted.. You must be very educated

        April 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disgusted

        Not wasting any time with people like you. If you consider that uneducated, then that's perfectly fine with me.

        April 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kelly

        I consider your statement uneducated. "If this land is anyone's land, it sure as hell isn't white people's land. It's more the "latinos" land." There were no Latinos in the Americas until Europeans came over. You apparently don't know the definition of "Latino." So, if all the "White" people left then Latinos would be leaving with them. You should read more..

        April 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disgusted

        Why do you think I used quotation marks?

        April 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kelly

        I have absolutely nooo idea..

        April 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thayer

        How exactly is this "latino's land? How? If you knew anything about history, geography and had a working brain you would know that modern Mexicans heritage had nothing to do with America. The Aztec and Mayan empires did not stretch into California there genius. God I'm so sick of stupid people.

        April 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Racist & dumb are the way you people express yourselves about immigrants like Dulce. If she happens to get deported, well it makes complete sense doesn't it? Now if she hasn't gotten deported & is doing something positive for herself, why look down at people like her?

      April 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      It doesn't matter how she's doing. They are called LAWS for a reason. Are we supposed to let anyone and everyone just waltz into our country and make themselves at home as long they're productive? Sheesh.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Race should play no part in this discussion. The best interest of American citizens should be the topic. I have neither pride nor shame in my race because I did not choose my race.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Thayer

    Let's reverse this situation with just about any country in the world and see how it works out. I can just imagine illegally staying in a another country and then complaining that it's ridiculous that they don't just make me citizen with full rights.

    What the heck is wrong people in the USA? They are so freaking snowballed and stupid it's truly unbelievable.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kris

      What a great perspective! I could see that being a 20/20 special about how another country wouldn't let an American citizen who is staying there illegal get citizenship. Too much is pump in benefits for illegal immigrants.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  59. elusively2

    Time, I don't agree with this honor you've bestowed on her. She's not doing anything that this country should condone. I don't read your magazine anymore anyway so who cares what I think, right?

    April 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      Everyone's opinion is important. But I disagree with you.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Leti

    If you are not Native American, like I am, then you come from immigrants and you can go back from wherever you come from!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mirage64

      didn't native americans come to america by a land bridge from asia?

      April 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      I come from the USA. So I will stay here.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leti

        And so those so called 'anchor babies' .They come from the USA, so that's why they're here, and they're here to stay whether you like it or not. Sorry.

        April 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • jim

        Anyone born in the US is a citizen. That's been the law for centuries.

        April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • NativeAmerican

        Jim, you do not come from the US. You were born in the US...you are an "anchor baby" just not called one. Your ancestors were not invited here. Ignorance is bliss, isn't it my friend. LOL

        April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      We won the wars and got the land. That's how it's work since man stood upright. Get over it.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        Indians had wars and had slaves, practiced canniblism and human sacrifice. And I"m the one making stupid comments. fool

        April 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Legal Latino

        Hmmm, and now Latinos are winning the attrition war. If you can claim ownership by winning a war, then you can't whine when others do the same to you.

        April 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • NativeAmerican

        "Legal Latino" is right. Bob's people are losing control. Just as the whiteman came to OUR AMERICA and took it from us, so now are the Latinos taking the country from the WHITES. Black president. Latino population growing faster than any other ethnic group in America. WHITE America will be a thing of the past...they are just doing what we tried to do when our nation was taken from us...anything and everything...but it will be for NOT. It is good to see new leadership...of another color.

        April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • NativeAmerican

      AMEN SISTER! Don't you love how the WHITES who ran from their own country want to claim our land. Now they complain because another race is taking over America. LMAO

      April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. mirage64

    the time 100, what is that? the 100 people in the world who still read time?

    April 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  62. wiselatina2theright

    The DREAM Act would be a discriminatory law that places illegal aliens in a better position than those foreign nationals who play by the rules and comply with our immigration laws to obtain student visas to study here in the U.S. Student visa holderss are not given a path to citizenship, nor are eligible for in-state tuition, nor public financed financial aid. Why should such things be provided to illegal aliens? The DREAM Act discriminates against U.S. citizen college students from neighboring states...and puts them in a the position of having to compete for admissions to colleges and for financial aid with ILLEGAL ALIENS. How is that fair, moral or just?

    April 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      The DREAM act is designed to provide opportunities for people who were brought here as children, not people who chose to come here illegally of their own free will. I can maybe–MAYBE–understand being upset about people who break our immigration laws to make a better life for themselves, but I don't know how you fault someone for trying to make a better life for their children, and I really don't know how you fault the children themselves. If you can't make that distinction, I don't know what to tell you.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • wondering

        Good point Alan, but should someone have children they can't support? Aren't those children the responsibility of their home country? Why should we feel like we need to take them under our wing?

        April 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  63. AW

    The thing is, in the United States of America, we don't punish children for the crimes of their parents. I know two women whose divorced mother collected welfare for them under a false name while getting full child support from their father in another state under their original name. It added up to hundreds of thousands in welfare fraud over the years. Now these women are adults. Should they be arrested now? Should they have to pay the money back? It's the same situation as this woman's– they benefited from an illegal act committed by their parent, but THEY didn't do anything wrong.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      AW

      The thing is, in the United States of America, we don't punish children for the crimes of their parents'

      If her parents robbed a bank when she was a child and they were just caught does she get to keep the money?

      April 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Your analogy is flawed. If the Welfare cheats bought cars, homes, etc. with the money they stole from the taxpayers those items would/could be confiscated. The same as if a bank robber bought cars, homes etc. for his/her children, it would be confiscated.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        Exactly. They would take back those things from her as they should her right to be here as that is also ill-gotten.

        April 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jim

    Let's be honest. Illegal immigration has some advantages and disadvantages. Illegals do much of the hard and/or dirty work for low wages. However, there is a great danger in allowing people into the country without conducting background checks. Not everyone in Mexico is a nice person.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica H

      Jim, read.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  65. wiselatina2theright

    She makes a mockery out of every single foreign national who has entered this country LEGALLY, my parents included. We expect everyone to respect our laws, customs, rules, norms no matter their nation of origin. Being an illegal alien is no badge of honor. She is NOT an AMERICAN, no matter how many times she repeats that LIE. She is a Mexican national. Period. She has every right and opportunity to go to college for FREE in Mexico,, the National Autonomous University system is FREE for Mexican nationals.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mamatat

      This perhaps THE best response yet. Thank you.

      Also, Matuz is not a minor any more. Deport her so families from ALL countries who follow our immigration laws can take her place.

      April 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. tom ciitzen

    What is she afraid of ? Why can't she do the proper paperwork and pay the fees to become a citizen.
    She should be arrested for breaking the law.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. romerosky

    she is a fake latina, the latina don't use flower in their head from the last century, send back to maxico where she make like she real look.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • consafos

      You obviously do not know anything about Latina women and you certainly do not know how to use correct grammar or spelling.Dulce thank you for standing up for all Latinos!!!

      April 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  68. JuanMoretime

    Most of us would go back to a country that's civilized. All you'd have left is the Rez, which is such a wonderful place. Your casinos would all close.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  69. P

    II suggest we start fighting lawbreakers by punishing them.

    ...A crazy idea I know

    April 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Dude, easy on the common sense, people on here don't like it! :-)

      April 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MITPhD

      The best interest of the country should be the goal. Many economic studies have shown that sending 11 million illegal aliens "home" would be disastrous to the US economy. While I agree with being a nation of laws – sometimes the laws are bad and need to be fixed. Slavery used to be the law. It used to be the law that women could not vote. Discrimination used to be legal before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Reality is complicated and "black or white" extreme answers do not work. Send all 11 million home is neither practical or the best thing for the US. We need to find a PRACTICAL solution that works – and NOT bumper sticker slogan solutions. Comprehensive immigration reform is part of this.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mike

    Maybe you could explain what you mean, then I can show you haw you've completely taken my postings the wrong way.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bobby

    I don't blame her or any illegal. Mooch off the US taxpayer. The US taxpayer is the stupidest human being on earth. You guys make it so very easy to live for free. You cannot get treated like this anywhere else in the world. The US is a freebie nation! God bless you!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      There is some truth to that.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Where is this free living everyone talks about? Last I checked, everybody (legal and illegal alike) needed to pay for things like housing, clothes, food. Is it cheaper because of taxpayers? Probably. But not free, not by a long shot.

      If you want a valid argument, avoid hyperbole.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      Actually a lot of countries in Europe make the tax payers in the US look brilliant.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Katina

    doesn't that statement contradict everything you have posted? Make up your mind!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Florist

    Um, no, everyone else entered legally. Every country that sent colonists had treaties with Native Americans and its own laws about where people could settle. There were even courts set up by Europeans to ensure that the Native Americans weren't taken advantage of. Many of them were willing to sell their lands for no more than a kettle or a cooking pot, so the legal system stepped in to make sure that if they wanted to sell, they got a fair price. So, nice try, but you can't learn history from TV soundbites or your buddies on forums.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katina

      So all those millions of native americans that were killed and enslaved signed a treaty saying it was cool,... oh ok gotcha.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Katrina, actually they did sell NY to us. Just sayin.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyZ

      Florist: you sure do live in a laa laa land. I don't approve of this illegal immigrant get any recognition, but you made a very lame attempt at justifying the atrocities and genocide committed upon the native American people. It would be interesting to understand what you think; did the native Americans vanish because they all live on Mars now, or was their virtual extinction natural selection? You have a lot to learn. Open your eyes and see things for what they are......

      April 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Billy

    So now we celebrate criminals? Amazing, just amazing

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Joshua

    If you want to base citizenship by who was here origionally than even the "native" americans need to go. There is actual evidence that they too migrated here. That's like saying a white person's who's great great grand parents were slave owners should pay money to black people who's great great grand parents were slaves, what's the correlation? Neither of those situations matter now. Why is a girl who is here illegally being praised? Screw it I'll join the crowd and praise criminals too! WOOOOO You go Manson! You affected so many lives by killing so many people and starting that cult!

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. jim

    Not all whites are racist.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Bribarian

    Deport her, thaaaanks

    April 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Rob

    But at least we are idiots that are LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS ;-)

    April 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  79. jim

    Super racist.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Rob

    What gets me the most is how everyone yacks about the wealthy needing to pay their fair share and they don't seem to give a rat's tail that there are some 30 million people in this country that aren't paying a red cent and still get all the benefits of citizenry.

    I'm all about people coming to this country to improve their life. If you want to reap the rewards of being here, you should at least be willing to contribute like everyone else.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      How about we look at both? Why do we have to choose? Change the law or deport them, one or the other.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Your a phucking moron

      April 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      They do work; and taxes ARE taken out of their paychecks. And illegals rarely file for refunds, for obvious reasons.

      So... they do pay taxes... unless their employer chooses to pay them "under the table." Maybe we should target employers who do that - it would close at least one loophole, and I doubt people on EITHER side of this debate would be upset at it.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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