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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Thanks Obama


This week Barack Obama gave his final speech, an emotional farewell.

All he had to say was “My fellow Americans” and all viewers should have had tears in their eyes, because he spoke from the heart.

He gave us eight historic years and through those years he has done tireless work to make this country a better place.

I am happy to be alive in such an important moment in history, having him as our president has given many of us hope. Hope for change, progress and equality.

Obama was the first president that I actually enjoyed listening to during his speeches because he was somebody that truly cared to help the country.

This man was able to secure the right for health insurance for many citizens.

Obamacare is now one step closer to its repeal.

Repealing Obamacare leaves all the most at risk citizens without health insurance and will increase the nation’s budget deficit by $353 billion.

Let’s thank Donald Trump for voting to strip Americans out of health insurance.

Another one of Obama’s major accomplishments is the DREAM Act legislation. It gives undocumented immigrants a multi-step process for permanent residency.

Karen Patron, student trustee, is an undocumented student at Cerritos College; her story is told by David Jenkins in a previous feature.

I am glad to be a part of a school that accepts DREAMers and provides a club for undocumented students to help them succeed.

Obama was our voice, the voice for immigrants and minorities.

Barack Obama, thank you sir. Thank you.

There were two sentences that inspired me most from Obama’s farewell speech.

“We’re not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do,” he said.

Well, you heard the man — time to get to work.

We are all in for a ride under Trump’s presidency.

Now we have a president-elect who has promised to deport the undocumented in our country.

America, you have chosen a person who will erase any good that has happened within the past years, may the odds be ever in our favor.

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Briana Velarde, Online Editor
Just a journalist in the making. You can call me Bree.  This is my last semester on the newspaper but like everyone else I started as a staff writer. I have also been Social Media, Multimedia, and Arts & Entertainment editor. Currently pursuing a career in journalism. Music, entertainment, and visual stories are my passion. How much time do I spend in the newsroom? All day. Well maybe not all day because I work at a theater and sweep popcorn for a living, but hey these bills aren't going to pay themselves. My ultimate goal to become a digital content producer for a radio station. If all else fails catch me designing for a magazine like Complex or Fader. Since my life revolves online, therefore I am your current Online Editor. Excited to be able to share my content on the online and print version of Talon Marks, read all about it!
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