Eva Longoria, Hispanic Warrior


Who knew that the Desperate Housewife would turn out to be such an articulate advocate for human rights?

Last week, she was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal with the headline “Eva Longoria’s Next Role, Hispanic Activist in Washington.” Said the article, “Her role reaches beyond fundraising and speechmaking and into policy and strategy. She urged Mr. Obama to make a key change in immigration policy last year.”

Longoria elaborated her views to George Stephanopoulos on This Week, explaining, “I’m trying to do my part as a citizen and my part as a Hispanic and as a woman and as an American. So, you know, I enjoy it. I think everybody should be civically engaged in a level that would affect policy. That’s the point; that’s how our government is set up.”

So true. And Longoria seizes the chance to elaborate her views on immigration:

“What I am hopeful about is that this administration–and particularly President Obama–sees that immigration is an economic issue. It’s also, for me, a humanitarian issue. But if we approach it economically, we have to understand that we are dependent upon a labor in this country, specifically agriculture, to provide low-cost products, and they’re jobs that nobody else–nobody else is doing.

“…I think Republicans are coming around to the idea that they’re going to have to compromise with the president on a lot of issues, immigration being one of them…I think the Republicans are going to realize if, you know, they don’t do it because it’s morally imperative, they have to do it because it’s politically imperative. And if they’re not going to do it because it’s politically imperative, they’ve got to do it because it’s economically imperative. So there’s a lot of gains for everybody, no matter what party affiliation, to get this done and to fix this problem.”

Brava! And now, for the other side of the debate, we turn to Teri Hatcher.