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American Apparel Endorses McCain, Obama, and V-Neck Tees

Non-sweatshop, hipster fashion house, American Apparel slipped on a snug baby-tee and vintage-inspired gym shorts to endorse candidates! They've endorsed John McCain and Barack Obama "because of their honesty on the issue of immigration, the most significant civil rights concern the country has faced in 50 years."

Hillary Clinton didn't make the cut. Why?

We appreciate Senator Clinton's campaign on many fronts, but when it comes to the issue of immigration she has not shown the same strength and conviction as Obama. This was clear during last week's California debate. While he supports driver's licenses for undocumented workers, she is opposed "at this time." Tell that to a mother of three in East LA driving her children to school every day. Obama has also pledged to accomplish immigration reform in his first year; Clinton has not made such a commitment . . .


American Apparel states very specific reasons for their choices. Do you agree with them? Do you consider the politics of a company before you buy?

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Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Here's my question, if they came here illegally, work here illegally, and live here illegally, what makes people think that they'll go and get a driver's license? That's the one thing I don't get and I'm not anti-immigration at all. Wouldn't the very act of going to get a driver's license tell the powers that be that you're an illegal?
Brittneylb Brittneylb 9 years
Most Americans probably dont understand the US immigration system. America's immigration laws are more complicated than America's tax code. THey are based on family ties, or employer sponsorship. America places a quota on each country on how many people can enter. It's very hard, and in some cases almost impossible, for someone from certain countries ---like Mexico for example----to obtain a visa here-- even if they have family here, and even if they have employers willing to sponsor them (Somehow being famous or having inside connections also helps).
rhimarie rhimarie 9 years
As the granddaughter of a former illegal immigrant, I can tell you that they're not all completely oblivious.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
Trust me jillness, I'm not pretending they're not here. I know full and well they are. I've lived in border states like AZ the past 6 years and now in TX. My problem is why can't these people do it legally, i would never dream of visiting another country illegally much less living illegally. There needs to be a solution, that's easy to see. When i was leaving AZ there were a lot of good laws being put into place like fining employers who were recruiting and employing illegal immigrants. Thankfully my employer did not condone the hiring of illegals and we didnt need to worry about it. Tougher laws like that and stronger borders can make all the difference. My question in the post above was why do they not understand the word illegal? It's simply breaking the law.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Yes, she shouldn't be in East LA...But she IS. You can't approach issues with your eyes closed. In order to make progress, we have to accept what has already happened, and find a way to make things better. Pretending that 12 million people aren't here already isn't going to bring any realistic solutions to the table.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
"Tell that to a mother of three in East LA"...UM, HELLO? This mother shouldn't be in East LA if she's illegal. What is it about that word that people can't understand that it means BREAKING THE LAW?
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
Totally agree with Obama and completely agree with my already favorite t-shirt/leggings maker. YAYY AMERICAN APPAREL!
redegg redegg 9 years
I was making an analogy, tresjolie. If you go to Europe on vacation or to work there legally I don't see why you shouldn't be allowed to drive if you know how and are of age.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
So if you go to work or for a vacation to Europe you shouldn't be allowed to rent a car? I'm confused what you meant, redegg.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I have been on both sides of the immigration issue. I used to be kind of Dobbs-ish (I am embarrassed to say). But then I realized...they are being recruited! Our companies are seeking them out because they don't want to respect labor laws. If there was no work for them, they wouldn't be here. Of course we need to get a handle on how many people come over illegally. Being undocumented isn't good for the people (dangerous working conditions, being illegal prevents enrolling for health insurance, driver's license, etc.). Illegal immigration also hurts our hospitals, and it forces Americans to compete for jobs with people that can work for less. It is a complicated issue, and I feel that to find real answers we are going to have to think things through and not just recoil at ideas that are new.
Brittneylb Brittneylb 9 years
Wow I am so proud of American Apparel for taking the unpopular stance on this issue. I agree that it is a civil rights issue for HUMAN BEINGS in our country. Dont believe everything Lou Dobbs says on this issue. He has an agenda. As a reporter, I have interviewed many people here illegally and we are blessed to have been born in America. Living here illegally is a terrible awful and inhumane way of life. We are talking about human beings who spend 12 hours a day breathing pesticides while they pick ferns and tomatoes for probably less than $3 an hour. I live on the border, and I know I can purchase a permit to drive in Mexico. And if someone is going to take the initiative to put their life in danger to cross the border and work ridiculous hours doing hard labor, then yes, they will take the initiative to buy car insurance!! People living here illegally WANT to be legal, but getting documentation is A LOT more difficult than just going to sign up.! Most people in this country illegally have tried to come over legally, but were not able to. And illegal immigrants dont qualify for health care, welfare or any other government funded social program. I'm like everyone else in America, the descendant of immigrants. Fortunately, my ancestors came over from Germany and Hungary when the immigration system wasn't so broken and unfair. I feel so strongly about this issue because to me, standing up for immigrants is like defending my ancestors'--as well as my own ---right to be in this country. I realize not everyone feels that way, but it saddens me so much that this country has taken to talking about people as if they were actual aliens--- and not humans just like we are.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I just can't imagine ever going to a country illegally. I would be too scared. So I truly believe that the majority of immigrants are desperate and here to make a better life for their families. I just don't understand why they can't do it legally.
piper23 piper23 9 years
Thanks for the information. There is no easy answer to the illegal immigration issue.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"If they get licenses, how will they learn to drive to qualify?" Driving manuals are printed in 6 different languages, I believe.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Obama has a very intellegent multi-pronged approach to immigration: Create Secure Borders Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry. Improve Our Immigration System Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. Bring People Out of the Shadows Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens. Work with Mexico Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Does anyone know if we Americans can go to say France and get a driver's license without first being a citizen of that country?" One of my friends is from Morocco, and he owns his own business and has a driver's license, even though he is not a citizen (he lives in LA). He is here legally, though. I don't think that Dobbs approach to immigration is realistic. Shipping everyone back home would hurt the economy, and it is just not realistic. We have to work with the situation as it is. We have to make policy that helps not only the immigrants, but benefits American citizens and business. If getting an illegal immigrant a driver's license decreases the likelihood that they are going to kill me with their car, I am all for it.
redegg redegg 9 years
I don't know, piper. I do know that you can't just run across the French border and expect to get free schooling, free healthcare, in state tuition for your kids, possible tax rebates, and then complain that you don't have a driver's license when you're still not a citizen. As far as here, I understand the safety issue but do you really think an illegal immigrant is going to take the initiative to sign up for car insurance when they won't even get documentation? Or that they will use what will probably be a large portion of their small (cash) income to pay towards car insurance? I just really don't buy that. If they get licenses, how will they learn to drive to qualify? Will they get classes and how will they pay for those? Will those be offered "free" and come out of taxpayer dollars too?
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
That is something I do no like...I live in southern california and having very leniant immigration issues is out of the question! That is part of the reason i don't like Mccain and his support on the issue
piper23 piper23 9 years
I didn't realize that Obama had such a lenient stance on undocumented workers. Obviously I should have watched the entire debate. Hillary's "at this time" doesn't do it for me either. Does anyone know if we Americans can go to say France and get a driver's license without first being a citizen of that country?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
A lot of people are scared of giving immigrants licenses. However, people with out licenses can't get car insurance...and I have been hit by an illegal immigrant. My friend nearly died from one hitting him. Another one of my friends lost his car from an accident with an illegal immigrant. Plus, people with out licenses are 150 TIMES more likely to get into an accident. For all of our safety, it would help to give them a license. You can't just ignore that 12 million people are on the road with no instruction.
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