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. alexamat

    We need Amerricans to be accountable for their actions. We cannot support such a huge welfare system with no end in sight. How about a 5 year plan that lowers the monthly income every year but gives them the ability to learn a trade. By year 5 they are off of welfare completely. Where is the oincentive for the individuals to gett off of welfare?

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

    show me an american citizen who will pick lettuce for $4 an hour and I'll show you the solution to illegal immigration.

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

      Do your research.Pickers in my state are paid a hourly wage,which is above $4 an hour,an no illegal should be working,and is not needed.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      Minimum Wage
      Washington's 2010 minimum wage is $8.55 per hour

      Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the minimum wage, or $7.27 an hour.

      Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998, requires L&I to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage each year based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

      November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • theconomy

      if there were enough americans willing to take the jobs there would be no labor market for illegal immigrants, regardless of the wage. They are here because the free market- and its need for cheaper labor than americans are willing to provide- creates opportunity for them.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Show me an illegal picking lettuce for $4 an hour and I will show you a company that is also committing a crime by hiring them and should be fined in accordance of the law

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

      chris I entirely agree, and that is why comprehensive reform is a better solution than 'kick them all out'. As long as the jobs exist these workers arent going anywhere

      November 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alexamat

    Crockett, you have a good point that maybe we need to instill a process that the illegals need to go through in order to appky for citizenship. Pass a language and history test, pay your taxes thru the ITIN Number, have no criminal background, etc. Sounds good to me.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alexamat

    theconomy... you wont find them, they are on welfare and unemployment. Easier to get free money then to work at a job 8 hours a day.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ratkartz

    We need jails and deportation for not only the criminal illegal immigrants but for all those residents and officials who have illegally and improperly aided and abetted this wave of criminal behavior.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alexamat

    Burlseon, you are wrong. They are at home collecting free govt money. How is that helping the economy? If they would get off their butts and work we wouldnt be in this mess. The govt is worried about votes than whats best for the country on the long term.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      I am right,and have stated facts,unlike the people that like criminals.Enforce all of the laws,and our nation will do better,dig out of this recession,and quit paying billions on cost for the incarceration of the millions of illegals in our prisons,courts,schools,hospitals,and such.America loses more citizens lives due to the illegals than we do in all of our current wars,combined.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SethC

    He and his family will not be deported, its a long process. plus, his knowledge of the law NOW!. Hope the dream act does not come to fruition.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alexamat

    ratkart... well their goes the US govt and millions of small businesses then 🙂

    November 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alexamat

    They are already using all of our infrustructure from schools to hospitals. So lets get them to pay taxes and help out.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan A

    While I commend him for doing well in school and dreaming of "the American Dream", the facts are facts and the law is the law. The family should be deported and if he is serious about "the American Dream", go back to Mexico and do it right. They had plenty of years to do this and chose instead to continue breaking the law. Laws are not meant to be bent for discretionary purposes, they are only to be changed. So until the law has changed..... It's like saying it's okay to steal as long as you steal from a bad person, or kill someone as long as they are "worth" killing. Just because this man is a lawyer instead of brick layer doesn't give him the right to break the law!

    November 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alexamat

    The school new he was illegal for 7 years and nothing happened. What makes everyone think its going to happen now. The govt knows who they are, so whay arent they doing anything about it????Hmmmmmm. What we oughta do is take away ciizenship to repeat criminals and ship them off somewhere.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alexamat

    Horse rubbage Burleson. This country will turn the corner when Americans take responsibility for their own actions and when the govt stops handing out free money for life to people who are very capable of working. Everyone wants a free handout in this country and we are giving to them. Shame on us.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. framous

    The story said that Perez was brought here illegally by his parents. A minor is not responsible for the actions of his parents which happen to involve him. So, exactly what was Mr. Perez to do, other than what he did given the situation? I am not a proponent of illegal immigration and / or the encouragement thereof. But, at least this person, who was brought here illegally and without choice, did something positive in the way of improving himself with education and by having goals that actually are legitimate and legal. Everything must be evaluated on a case by case basis, especially when children are involved.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      Deport the criminal,and take away all everything he owns,except for the clothes on his back.Perez is not legal,not legitimate,and if he worked,he broke the law.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alexamat

    I am not saying I am on one side or the other. Just realize that they arent getting deported, so what now?

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

    For all of you that are upset with the illegals, I pesonally know several that CURRENTLY own a large and thriving business and are making well over $250,000 a year. What a great country. Work your butt off and you shall be rewarded. How do you like them apples. Same opportunity for all of us, but many dont have the drive, just want a free handout from ole Uncle Sam, and are getting it with no desire or drive to work for somehting more.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      Illegals that work here are criminals for being here,working here,and are hurting,not helping.If you know such criminals,and are doing nothing to stop it,you are helping the crimes continue.Enforce all of the laws,and crime will go down,and America will get better.Quit giving anyone born here automatic citizenship if their parents are not citizens,as the 14tjh amendment was first applied.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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