November 26th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Matt Chandler

The Dallas, Texas, pastor has turned his yearlong battle with a brain tumor into sermons and video journals that talk about his struggles. Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, which averages around 8,300 people for Sunday services.

Before his surgery to attempt to remove the tumor he recorded a video for his congregation reminding them not to be angry - that even people of faith must deal with struggles.

"My hope would be that you would see that [God] is good in all things and that he would never send to any of us things that he does not provide strength for," Chandler said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

According to the Morning News, Chandler's sermon podcasts on some occasions have reached 250,000 downloads for the month. And his inspirational story earned him invitations to speak at Christian conferences and inspire others.

"Among young evangelical pastors, I think you've got to put Chandler in the top five most influential," Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, part of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the newspaper.

Luis Perez

The undocumented immigrant is the first to graduate from UCLA's law school. Perez plans to take the bar exam in January.

His parents came here illegally, but he says he's done everything, by the book and the Constitution, which he says is what inspired him to become a lawyer. Still, he's not yet an American.

"Why go to college if you can't get a real job when you graduate,'" Perez told the Los Angeles Times his critics said. "If I had listened to those people, I wouldn't have done anything with my life."

Perez is another example of someone whose entire life perhaps hinges on the Dream Act, a bill, which if passed would help him and others become legal residents if they serve in the military or complete college.

"Most students experience law school as a trade school," Saul Sarabia, an administrator at UCLA's School of Law told the LA Times. "They learn doctrines, rules and apply them to a set of theoretical situations. But in Luis' case, his entire future turns on whether a law can become reality."

For Perez, it isn't about what he's owed, but instead what he's worked so hard for.

"I'm not asking for anything," he said of his hope for legal status. "This is something I've earned. I've graduated from school, served my community and tried my best to reach my potential."

Cam Newton

The star quarterback of the Auburn Tigers has been the center of a pay-for-play investigation by the NCAA and FBI. His life gets no easier this afternoon, as he and the Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to take on the defending national champion and their biggest rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Newton, who began his college career at Florida and left amid an arrest for receiving a stolen computer, is also the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, but many Heisman voters are waiting to see what the outcome of the investigation is before casting their vote.

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Johan Goetz

    The problem with the dream act is its passage been promoted for a decade as being 'inevitable' by people like Rep. Luis Guitierrez and Chuck Schumer. This has encouraged millions of Mexican families to cross the border illegally with their children. Now they arer here hunkered down & waiting for the payoff.

    They should not be rewarded with citizenship.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Perez is a criminal. He's stolen scholarship money by lying on applications, he's stolen the place of someone who should rightfully be in UCLA, and he's nothing but a thief. He should have been deported long ago with the rest of his criminal family.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • d

      totally seems like most americans don't appreciate our laws being flaunted by people who aren't even citizens...let alone our hard-earned tax dollars that essentially pay their way here. i wonder how much support there would be for a full-scale, nationwide sweep for illegals and a massive deportation once and for all? probably a lot.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Fedup

      I absolutely agree with Mr. Goetz, the passage of the "Dream Act" will only send the wrong message; enter the country illegally and you'll never, EVER, have to worry about being prosecuted, nor will your children who have exploited the system. My son we born here, I was born here, his grandparents were born here, but I worry if I'll even be able to send my son to college. This has got to stop!

      November 26, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Gee an illegal lawyer, will he defend himself as he is deported. He will be deported won't he? Or is this just another feel good propaganda message feed to the American public by its media giants. You'll notice that as the US public becomes more incensed about illegal immigration the more the media tries to paint a rosy picture about illegal immigration. The other night for no good reason CBS decided to run an old Edward R Murrow story on how poorly migrant workers were treated in the 50's, are we supposed to believe that conditions are the same? Why don't they tell us about how many crimes are committed by illegals, they can only guess because no one is willing to go up to someone who can't speak english and ask them; Are you here illegally and may I see your green card, passport, or other forms of identification.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael King

      to all those opposed to illegal immigration, which is the majority in this country, what does it make you americans when you invade another country... like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Korea, International waters etc. etc. etc. stop thinking you are the world police and you wouldn't have this immigration problem.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.R.

      Thanksgiving is a great time to remind americans that we exist today because the american indian took in and help the illigal of their time from the Mayflower. The inscription on the statue of liberty say; Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.". The spirit of inscription on the statue of liberty is what makes us the greatest country in the world.
      Stop the ignorance we are all are all illigal immigran in a way. The only true Americans are the Native Americans maybe they should deport us all they were here first any way.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDRad

      The writing on the Statue of Liberty is from a time long ago and is no longer relevant today. Don't think so? What else was relevant back then? Slavery. White Men only voting or owning property. And don't fool yourself into thinking those immigrants that came to Ellis Island are in the same category as the problem we have coming up from the south because they are night and day. The immigrants of the past came to start new lives and be part of this country, to make something of themselves. The immigrants now don't. Mexico's second biggest source of income? Money sent back from illegals in America..enough said.

      November 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ka

      Children should not be punished for their parents actions. I know it is more complicated than that.Let we first punish the self regulating private sector who hires illegal immigrants. If there is no work to be found for illegal immigrants they will stop coming to this country. We Americans are just as illegal by enabling them to come to this country to find work

      November 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |

    Perez is a criminal,the same as his parents,and deserves deportation,after doing any jail time for the crimes he has committed.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Absolutely. He is still illegal, still a criminal. Did he get financial aid? Some states are now giving illegals instate tuition. If you are illegal in Mexico see where it gets you.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. George Busch

    Now that CNN has exposed Perez, who is not an immigrant because he has no immigration status awarded him by the CIS, I am waiting for the CIS to take charge and deport him and his parents.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Dont hold your breath.....

      November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    Yeah, OK, David Burleson, it's so easy to loft "criminal" allegations not knowing what it was like for Luis to achieve what he did with the impediments in his path. You probably have accomplished nothing in your life that you're jealous of Luis (who did nothing more than obey his parents as young kid).

    November 26, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

      I was born American,the same as my parents.first of all,who were never immigrants,never illegals,second,my Father is Cherokee,and I served my Nation in the military.Perez and his criminal family need to be deported.Perez has known he is an illegal,as well as a criminal for along time,and has never become a legal citizen by following the law,proving his disdain for our nations laws.Alex,you are unable to understand these facts,and need to go back to school,and study.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam Smith

      Too bad for you, Alex. The law is the law- if my parents told me to help them commit a crime- I would be guilty no less. This guy needs to be made an example of, or perhaps we should just let california crumble under the weight of its own lawlessness. That should teach liberal idiots like you that America is governed by the rule of law, not feelings and emotions.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • jason

      i agree with alex and let luis and others have some break and to prove they deserve to live here; don't judge as criminals because even the worst criminal citizens that this country produce were given their day in court. at most that alex commited is a politcal offense that could be altered by a change in government policy. it is understandable the feeling of david but it should be put to good use by proving himself that he could do better than what luis have accomplished.

      November 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lagnafe

    The trough is empty now go home its like a speeding ticket if you can't do the time don't do the crime GTFO

    November 26, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Silvers

    I think that joining the military and learning to speak English could be an avenue to citizenship, but not college.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |

      Deport all of the illegals,and allow none to serve our nation.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Emile Zola

    What is most outrageous is that the same people, their ancestors, stole the land from American natives, Mexicans now they have the cojones to decide who is here legal or illegally. For the racist crowd that can't see straight, but surely can shoot straight, those illegals were here even before than their ancestors, ergo, the illegality issue is not it. If that isn't then racism, which America has taken it to an art form, has to be. Parents are liable for their children's mistakes, crimes, but how can children be responsible for their fathers' sins, crimes? It doesn't amke sense and if it doesn't make sense, then the root of the problem has to be something else. What the "papers please" crowd is disguising their racism with technical legalese to confuse an already confused country. They should be allowed to stay. Ronald Reagan, the proto-type of the new conservatism, gave millions of the so called "illegals" a helping hand. Why the 180 degree turn? Racism.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • thejshep

      just shut up

      November 26, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |

      Emile,learn history,so you wont look like a illiterate as much.Mexico was taken over by spain,so all of your rant is for Mexico,as well as most of the Nations,if not all,on the planet.America has laws,as well as other nations,and if you hate laws.,then find a place to go to where laws do not exist.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • isis

      This land is your land, this land is my land, thank GOD this land was made for you and me and all immigrants. LEGAL AND/OR ILLEGAL

      November 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • I creepin

      Here is a fact if he lied in the applications he is guilty if fraud and should be punished to the full extent of the law. His parents were not here legally he isn’t here legally which means he is breaking the law just by being here. I know it seems harsh but fact is part of my tax dollars go to support and pay for the Pell grants and other funding used to help people go to college. Now I support that, what I don’t support is for that money to be used for people who aren’t supposes to be here. So his funding took away from someone else who had the right to be here.

      He should be deported like everyone else who isn’t suppose to be in this country.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yes he shouldn't be responsible for his father's sins, I will give you that much, but Luis is well over the age of 18. Once he turned 18 he could have tried to get a legal status, be it a student visa or reisdency or whatever. As far as the article states he has not taken any steps to try an obtain a legal status. My wife's family came over here from the Philippines after obtaining visas to legally enter and remain in the United States when she was 12. Now her and her whole family are citizens of the United States. Yes it took 10 years and cost some money, but they did it the right way. there is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and Luis even though he was taken here against his will when he was a kid had a responsibility once he turned 18 to do things the right way and he did not.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Another liberal who cannot understand the meaning of illegal immigration, but is quite willing to throw up a smoke-screen.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. frontlineguy

    So his family broke the law and he bumped some legal resident out of a spot at UCLA law school. Lets celebrate and throw a parade for them. pttttttthhhhhhhhhh....

    November 26, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |

    Great, now this illegal alien racist ingrate will use his law degree to help millions of other illegal aliens skirt the law and abuse our system. DEPORT HIM, AND HIS PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      And send him the bill for the subsidised education. Plus interest.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Mexico needs lawyers, go home to Mexico, NOW!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tired

    The comments on this message board are so full of hate. Especially given that the first story on this page is a message of hope.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Another liberal unable to understand the nature of criminal behavior, and willing to give the country away to "feel better about themselves."

      November 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. g.r.r.

    What bothers me, is that both sides want to lump children with their parents. The parents came here illegally, because they made a choice. The children were brought here. They should be treated differently.
    While I support a modified dream act (require service to AMerica by all; dod, peace corp, or vista), it MUST be tied to a omnibus bill that addreses all illegal immigrants. And yes, those that CHOSE to come here as adults illegally, or any that broke laws (including not paying taxes), need to go back. And for those that are INVITED to stay here, they need to speak English, have completed American high school and have zero taints on legal record.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

      It is better to deport all of the illegals,seize all that they own,and sell it off to help pay for the fines and cost of having them being here.The parents chose to bring their criminal children with them,who chose to remain here,and break more of our laws by doing so.Laws on immigration were made by our politicians,and signed by our Presidents who served in office.Enforce all of the laws,and give no amnesty to none.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |

      I agree with David, enough of these criminals placing demands on our country and our citizens while they give their home countries a pass. The seek compassion from us and nothing from their countries.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      They may have been brought here by their parents, but once he turned 18 he could have tried to apply for some kind of status change to be able to remain in the United States legally, which he did not.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. oldtimer

    Since he went to law school, he should know that he and his family are criminals and should be3 removed from this country. Illegals have no business in this country taking our jobs.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. typical

    Wow, it's mind boggling the level of hatred and racist sentiment Americans have for immigrants.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |

      Immigrants are great,Illegals are not.Deport all of the illegals.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      It's mind-boggling to see so many otherwise sentient people intellectually unprepared to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. Must be a failure of the public school system in the US.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubsy

      Not just immigrants,buy Illegal Immigrants.There is a difference.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buccakenji

    Anyone like to suggest how we can get our elected politicians to realize exactly what you are saying and ACTUALLY DO something about illegal immigration. Like rounding them all up and deporting them. If you can figure that out you should run for president.

    The other problem is forcing the courts to enforce our laws and stop making rulings that favor illegals. I say impeach them all or send them to Utah. Remember, Utah STILL USES THE FIRING SQUAD.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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