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Wilmer Valderrama, the actor best known for the television shows “Awake” and “That 70s Show“, spoke to a crowded room at Arizona State University on Tuesday in the midst of the state’s battle with the Supreme Court over SB 1070. Speaking about the importance of the Latino vote in this upcoming election, Valderrama expressed a pro-immigration stance and called for increased Latino involvement in politics.

“The only way the system can work is if we all get involved,” Valderrama said. “Don’t expect politicians to figure it out for you.”

The event was sponsored by the ‘Voto Latino’ campaign, an effort aimed at increasing the presence of young Latino voters in the next election. Victor Corral, a volunteer with the organization, helped collect new voter registration forms and was excited to hear from the actor. “The Latino voice needs to be heard,” Corral said. “He makes a big difference in doing that.”

UCF in Orlando photo from Wilmer Valderrama’s FB

“If we don’t tell our friends to vote, who will?” he said.

Born in Miami, Valderrama moved back and forth between Venezuela and the United States, during his youth. Coming from an immigrant background himself, he expressed strong feelings against SB1070, a controversial immigration law in Arizona. Valderrama wants more young people and young Latinos to engage in the voting process. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on it. 

“It’s sad,” he said. “Immigration is the reason we have a country in the first place.”

Valderrama holds the belief that both legal and unauthorized immigrants contribute a lot to the United States economy; citing boosts in unclaimed tax revenue and labor for hard-to-fill jobs. He wants people to stop having what he refers to as a ‘negative mental image’ when they hear the word ‘immigration’.

Read more: Fox News Latino

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  1. Donna Hardin says:

    I think it is wonderful that Wilmer Valderrama is speaking out for his people.I am a huge supporter of him as well. He has a good heart! I also love the Latino culture and its people.I agree with Wilmer, in that, I do not think anyone should ever be mistreated, treated rudely,humiliated, or singled out, in any way-illegal citizen- or not. No one should be approached just because they LOOK Latino, and asked to show proof of citizenship!I think we can do better than that! But- we do need to keep track of who is in our country,& know at least something about their background, or how can we ever be safe, or stop crime, or drugs, or more draining of the economy? Many immigrants have worked very hard to LEGALLY become citizens, the right way. Why should it be okay for just anyone to come and live here,with no identification,without paying any taxes, or to get free education,or to work illegally, while many US citizens themselves can’t even afford to pay taxes or pay for an education?And many don’t have jobs.The illegal immigrants who are already here & have been for years, should NOT be separated from their families, & should be granted full citizenship,or at least be aloud to become a citizen without all the months of red tape.We do have to draw the line somewhere though.It would be chaos to just open our borders, no questions asked.Perhaps we need to look at not making it so difficult and complicated to become a US citizen. More people may be more apt to do it legally then. Just my opinion, and I in no way wish to offend anybody.Peace to all….

    • Thank you that means a lot. You know when I first started my blog, I had someone who Facebooked me some very nasty things. He belittled me & called me terms that well, were not nice, to say the least. I couldn’t believe that someone could speak that way in 2012, during a time we have a black president. People don’t realize how hurtful it is. I was born and raised in Texas with my ancestors being from Texas for many generations. I cannot fathom what it must be like or what an undocumented person must go through. Think about it, (in regards to someone from MX) not only are they facing poverty in the midst of a drug war and suddenly they make it here with the hopes that they too may one day know the American Dream. And sadly, to some the American Dream is sometimes as little as making minimum wage so they can send the majority of their pay check back home. They take the jobs that Americans wld never do & yet look at how badly we as American people treat them. No human being is illegal they are simply undocumented people with a heart who want a chance to have a better life. I am not endorsing Mexicans or any race to come into our country illegally, but what I am asking is for our government to reform immigration. Are there some bad seeds….yes, but the bad seeds are not the majority of the ppl who really are struggling & just want to work. Thank you for your comment Donna, I sincerely appreciate your feedback. I also love Wilmer Valderrama and hope more Latino Hollywood celebs get involved. God Bless 🙂

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