Actor Wilmer Valderrama is urging illegal immigrants to continue to prepare for executive amnesty and sign up in droves when it is available.
“We need to find a way that we can ignite that passion and that the moment it’s available, when the moment it’s time to enroll, that we see millions and millions of our Latinos to come out and be confident that this is going to work. Because this is done for them and we have to give each other that confidence, we have to give that trust you know,” Valderrama said during a Google Hangout hosted by pro-amnesty groups Wednesday and highlighted by VOXXI.
Valderrama, best known for his role as Fez in That ’70s Show, argued that the more people who sign up for executive amnesty will help to keep the program intact.
“We’ve got to give each other that little push that says, ‘Hey, we gotta trust the system,’” he continued. “You know this is done for us and we don’t want it to go away. The more that we can sign up from the moment it’s available, the harder it’s going to be for anyone to reverse any other situation later.”
During the more than hour-long session, Valderrama encouraged people to be active in pursuit of pushing people to sign up and support the executive amnesty.
“I think now it’s up to us to help the president and the White House, the administration, to continue to drive home what the purpose of that executive order is. I think we have to be now more passionate than ever,” he urged.
Also participating in Voto Latino, Mi Familia Vot, and iAmerica’s Google Hangout was actress Diane Guerrero and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, deputy director of public engagement at the White House. Guerrero urged people to not be afraid of coming forward to sign up.
“I know this isn’s a permanent solution, however, if like Wilmer said, if no one applies and not enough people see this through, then it will all go away,” the Orange is the New Black actress warned.
The hangout occurred after a federal judge temporarily blocked Obama’s executive amnesty, ruling in favor of 26 states challenging the unilateral actions.
Rodriguez described the ruling as a “temporary setback.” “This effort is an important effort that we believe we have strong legal standing on and that we will continue to move forward and to be ready once we fully implement this program,” she said.
The Obama administration has said it will abide by the ruling but will appeal.