(CNSNews.com) - “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria said today that she was “brainstorming” with President Barack Obama at the White House last week to “reframe the immigration argument.”
“Last week we were asked to meet with President Obama--there’s about 10 of us that are considered influential in the media--in hopes to reframe the immigration argument, or the immigration conversation,” said Longoria, “and we were--it was like a brainstorming room.”
Another of the group that brainstormed with the president last week was Grammy Award-winning producer Emilo Estefan, who appeared with Longoria in Washington, D.C., today at a press conference for the National American Latino Museum Commission which is advocating for the construction of a Latino museum at the National Mall in Washington.
“Emilio was there [at the White House brainstorming session],” said Longoria, “and it was very beneficial to know what is happening, what are the roadblocks that he’s been facing ,and how can we help, and how can we be the messengers of what is being done and what is not being done,” said Longoria.
“It’s going to be a long process,” she said. “We have to hold accountable many people of Congress, and hopefully in 2012--hopefully the DREAM Act will come up before 2012--and those who do not support comprehensive immigration reform will hopefully pay for it in those elections.
“And that’s what we’re hoping to do is aggregate the Latino audience to come out and make their voices known as to what they want to see in immigration reform,” Longoria said.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act--or DREAM Act--would allow illegal immigrants with a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent and who came to the United States before the age of 16 and who have stayed in the country for at least five years to become permanent legal residents of the United States after they have spent two years in college or the military.
“It was a very open conversation,” Longoria said of the White House brainstorming session. “We talked a lot secured communities program. We talked a lot about deportations. We talked a lot about how the perception is with Latinos and our frustrations. So he [Obama] had an open ear and he was listening to all of us just talk about what is being perceived in the Latino community.
“I think it was an important dialogue to be had and it’s a dialogue that has to continue and basically, it’s in our hands,” she said. “We have to continue to put pressure to see this reform take place.”
Longoria met with President Obama again on Thursday to present him with the National American Latino Museum Commission’s final report which outlines their plan for a Latino museum in Washington, D.C.