Some Immigrant Views
As immigration remains a volatile issue, immigrants are making their voices heard.
Nabil Masri, 55, a banker and Woodbridge resident, told reporter Nick Miroff he knows a good deal when he sees one, so he voted for the senator who used to be a first lady. That's Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) "I liked her husband and I like her," he said. "It's two for the price of one."
Masri, of Palestinian descent, said he considers Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "untested" but believes Clinton has the strength and personality to "stand up and fight," especially to get the country's troops out of Iraq.
"I'm Arab American, so I want to see this war end," he said.
Venezuelan immigrant and Woodbridge resident Cecilia Reynoso said she also voted for Clinton. She wants to see "what a woman can do," she said, and likes the New York senator's smarts and experience. "I want her to do what she promises on the war, health care, and the economy," said Reynoso, 57, a hairdresser. "I think she can make changes, and we need to change. A lot."
At Walter Reed Recreation Center in South Arlington, in a working-class neighborhood, Pedro Castro, 63, a waiter, told reporter Brigid Schulte he voted for Clinton. "I know this is important for history. There's one black and one woman fighting for the nomination, but in this case, the female has my vote. She's more honest. You feel she's working for you. I think she understands Latino people. She understands the immigrant."
Errhif Idriss, 38, a hotel worker born in Morocco, said he voted for Obama because of his policies on the Middle East and on healthcare. "In this country, the American people still have a lot of feelings about racism, and he can bring the American people together, and bind them together." He said he disagreed with Clinton's 2002 vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq. "My sense is that Obama would be open-minded" on foreign policy.
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