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. Mike Tran

    It's kind of ironic that this illegal alien graduated from law school....I'm starting to remember a statement I made to one of my law professor after my graduation: we're being taught in law school to twist the law to a criminal's favor.
    I'm sure in law school they made it abundantly clear that ILLEGAL" does not mean NOT LEGAL depending on which side of the law you're on!
    This is the reason I studied law to know the crookedness of it as well as the corrupting idea of the grey areas in the law. This is why I don't practice law but engineering which is more rewarding career and I don't have to SELL MY SOUL TO THE DEVIL alsoI can sleep very well at night!

    November 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. srsly

    sure let's spend out taxes to deport all the 'illegals....' and then see what happens to the economy when it looses the bulk of its cheap labor, and then food prices skyrocket for everyone.

    These people get jobs here because of the free labor market at work, and I don't want the tentacles of big government interfering.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alexamat

    Its apparent that the US Govt isnt trying to hard to export illegal people. If you havent realized it, many illegals actually apply for a 9 digit ITIN Number (in lieu of a social security number) so they can pay their annual taxes. The US govt KNOWS of them but is choosing to do nothing about it. So whats the surprise here?

    November 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alexamat

    Everyone is so funny. If the small and big US businesses didnt hire illegals, chances are they wouldnt be here or wouldnt continue crossing the border. They are here because we are giving them jobs. Duh. So who is to blame?

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

      Enforce all of the laws,then no illegal can work here.Obama is enforcing laws on a partial basis,allowed his illegal alien aunt to stay,and receive special treatment.No illegal should be allowed to be here,work here,or receive any benefits by breaking our laws.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Big fines and jail for those who hire illegals - that is the real solution. And additionally, automatic removal from office for public officials who hire illegals/criminals.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kthr

    He is illegal and going to our schools? He did not bother to become a citizen? Who needs more of that. No dream act. no amnesty. deport them all. why hasn't he been deported?

    November 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Tran

    Emile, it seemed that you are so clueless the meaning of the word RACISM...if America is such a racist country, how come we have a black man in the white house? Also we have Hispanics in high level positions in government and corporate world.
    If all ilegal alien can prove that they or their anchor children have an honest intention to become a citizen and assimilate in our society.
    ILLEGAL ALIENS should be treated as CIMINALS!

    November 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bramep

    I think most of you here have a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Most of you here if you are not native american or african american can not be serious with all of this deportation stuff because if that was the case most of you would have to be deported also. Most of your great grand parents were not born here and come from other countries. So be productive and lets have some real solutions for a real problem in this country.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah but most of our grandparents came here through a legal port i.e. ellis island where my great grandfather came in and was allowed to enter the United States by a federal immigration agent.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alexamat

    David, tell that to the milliions of business owners that hire them so they dont have to report their income as payroll lowering their workers comp insurance, payroll tax, etc. Small business needs them. Thats the simple reality of it.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

      It is Illegal for Illegals to work here,and for anyone to hire them.Enforce all of the laws,and let legal immigrants and Americans work.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alexamat

    Thank you bramep. Whats the solution? Whining about them staying here doesnt help. They arent going anywhere so whats the real solution?
    I say, if they have been here for 10+ years with no criminal background and have paid their taxes all those years. Good, give them citizenship and a $5,000 application fee.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

    We need all of the laws enforced,to make America better,safer,and eliminate more criminals.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Who made David Burleson President??? People should educate themselves on both sides of the argument before debating over something they only half-understand.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Learnthetruth

    You know whats funny, is how all these people spewing this hate toward immigrants, have forgotten their grandparents own plight. Just because someone from you family came off a boat and was logged in on some book, that automatically made them citizens and made this country their country. Wonder if the native americans had a screening process.

    Turn off the racebaitng Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck...

    But lets talk about the truth, if you will. We can talk security, effects on the economy, cost of deportation, healthcare ????

    November 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

      What part of illegal do you not understand?.People that are born here are Americans,that are not subject to the laws of another nation,get it?.Second,most Americans have lived here for over a hundred years,such as my Family,as well as others.Illegals need to be deported,and all of the laws enforced.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Parents were legal immigrants. ¿entiendes? We can hope that someday you will be sufficiently educated to understand the difference between legal and illegal.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Learnthetruth

      OK Ratkatz.. As far as my education, bachelors in Civil Engineering, working on masters. Nice paying job and own investment properties, so i think im doing ok.

      See the real problem, its easy to say" deport everyone", but the problem with immigration is its alittle more complex and affects many different things within our country.

      Maybe you will someday understand that this country has real problems and your " deport the lawbreakers" answer is not gonna fix this problem, but keep on preaching, maybe someday they will divide this country in two or maybe three parts. Oh but that will only bring on other problems as far as trade between the divided parts, energy, security, miltary.... hey but you got all the answers guy!

      November 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    interesting people keep saying its the law deport them..what happens if they pass the "Dream act" will people now defend illegals to stay in the country?..can the government deport all illegal immigrants in the country? might as well the gov announce non terrestial aliens exist..but its a difficult issue..anyway politicians will make the decisions that best serve themselves

    November 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ben

    Chandler was speaking at conferences way before the cancer. The real story isthat his message didn't change once the tumor hit.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. crockett

    It cost me a couple of thousand dollars in 2009 to bring my wife here from abroad. I want my money back. I have to admit, though, the process was fairly easy. I guess Immigration was happy to welcome a European beyond childbirth age. All of the other immigrants applying were Asian or Hispanic or Russian. At least they were trying to do it the legal way. They all had lawyers, of course. Some had translators. Immigration was shocked (visibly so) that my wife spoke fluent English. She was treated like royalty. Years ago, I spent 17 months in Europe and no one cared. I could not get legal residency even though I spoke the language fluently (not English) and had an advanced degree in that country's literature. I guess the point is, we should make immigration easy for those who speak the language, know the history of the host country, and want to adapt to its culture. We should make it difficult for those who just want to take advantage of a country's economy. And we should make it impossible for those who flip their nose at the legal system. But if this Dream Act is passed, I think those of us who paid money to be here, or bring someone here, legally should demand our money back.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SethC

      What makes you think you will get any money back!, it was an illegal act, and your not a citizen!

      November 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      SethC when he says he paid a couple of thousand dollars he means in application fees and lawyer fees to legally bring her over. He is also stating that if the people who didnt do i t legally somehow get grandfathered in then he should be paid back the money that he spent to legally bring his wife here. That is how I am understanding what he said.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chumley

    Go back Perez – you are a law-breaker and ILLEGAL

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