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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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |
    • 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 |
  4. 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 |
  5. 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 |
  6. 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 |
  7. 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 |
  8. 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 |
  9. 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 |
  10. 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 |
  11. 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 |
  12. 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 |
  13. 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 |
  14. 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 |
  15. 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 |
  16. 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 |
  17. 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 |
  18. 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 |
  19. 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 |
  20. 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 |
  21. Katina

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

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. 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 |
  23. Billy

    So now we celebrate criminals? Amazing, just amazing

    April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. 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 |
  25. jim

    Not all whites are racist.

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

    Deport her, thaaaanks

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

    But at least we are idiots that are LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS 😉

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

    Super racist.

    April 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. 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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