Arnold Schwarzenegger Celebrates Anniversary Of U.S. Citizenship By Defending Undocumented Immigrants
Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of America’s favorite action stars, best known as the apocalyptic cyborg, The Terminator, was out making the case for immigration. “I don’t blame anybody that tries to come here illegally,” the film star said. The former Republican Governor of California has his own personal ties to September 16th, Mexico’s Independence Day, which also happens to mark the day he became a citizen of the United States.
Speaking from his own experience, he has often shared his support for comprehensive immigration. “As an immigrant, I know the magnetic power of America’s greatness. As a former border Governor, I know the importance of securing our border and fixing our absurdly broken immigration system. As an American, I know that kids shouldn’t be pawns while the ‘adults’ figure it out.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is speaking up for the undocumented and immigrant communities.
Since becoming a citizen in 1983, Schwarzenegger has consistently voted Republican. However, he was also married into one of the most iconic Democratic families in history, the Kennedy’s. His wife of over twenty years, Maria Shriver, is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy and niece to 35th President, John F. Kennedy. He has often credited his in-laws as the inspiration of why he got into politics.
In 2003 he ran and was elected Governor of California. During his early days in the office, one of his most controversial actions was to repeal on a bill which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. Activist and organizations like MALDEF, were quick to call out the new governor, especially since there was no clause that protected agencies from sharing people’s private information, and having it turned over to the federal government.
Over the years, the once Republican “Governator” (as he was dubbed), has leaned more towards the left-wing of politics.
On abortion, he has been consistent in stating he is pro-choice and supports a woman’s right to choose and family planning services but also stated he does not support “partial-birth” abortions. In his second term as governor, he went against President George W. Bush’s mandate that states not fund stem cell research and authorized California to allocate $150 million in such funding. In 2008, he declared September 25 Stem Cell Awareness Day.
On gay marriage, he twice vetoed a bill that would have allowed gay marriage but believed in domestic partnerships and the right for gay couples being able to adopt. In 2008, he changed his views and publicly voiced his support that the California Supreme Court could overturn Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage.
On environmental issues, Schwarzenegger also went against traditional conservatives by signing a bill into law that puts a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 made history in the state and was also the first initiative in the nation of its kind. Schwarzenegger has gone full circle, from being the first civilian to purchase a gas-guzzling Humvee in 1992, to becoming the first person to drive an electric Hummer in Santa Monica, last year.
After completing two terms, Schwarzenegger exited public office in 2011.
During the last presidential primary, he endorsed Republican nominee John Kasich and was so insulted by many of Trump’s remarks that he publicly announced his refusal to vote for Trump in the general election.
Although Schwarzenegger may have had more political ambitions, he cannot seek the highest office; since he is not a natural-born citizen, he is ineligible to run for president.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in 1947 in Austria.
He grew up in a very strict household and turned to bodybuilding very early on in life. His dream as a young boy was to make it to America one day and he felt fitness was the way to get there. In 1965, he won his first big competition in sports fitness claiming the title of Mr. Europe, followed by his first Mr. Universe victory in 1967.
After dominating Mr. Universe competition, four years in a row, Schwarzenegger set his sights on bringing home the title of Mr. Olympia. He ended up losing the top spot in his first attempt at Mr. Olympia but then won the following year, making him the youngest Mr. Olympia to hold the title. Schwarzenegger held on to his title, 7 years in a row.
Schwarzenegger was building his name in the world of bodybuilding and finally had made his way to America.
According to different interviews, Arnold has stated that he arrived in the U.S. in 1968, with only $20 dollars in his pocket, but after a week at the gym, he had made friends who helped him find a place to live and get a job, all within a few days. Never slowing down, Schwarzenegger continued to train and compete in the world of bodybuilding, with 13 titles under his belt, it wouldn’t be long before Hollywood came calling.
Joe Weider, who was the founder of the iconic Mr. Olympia competition, saw the spark in Arnold and knew he was destined for greatness and passed his name along to some Hollywood casting contacts, where he told them Schwarzenegger was a Shakespearean actor in hopes of having limited speaking time due to Schwarzenegger thick accent and limited English.
After a few small parts, Schwarzenegger landed his breakout role in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” and oddly enough the Australian actor’s thick, broken English accent would be what made him a standout character among others and caught the attention of “Saturday Night Live” writers.
“SNL” built a whole ongoing sketch, “Hans and Franz” who were bodybuilding gym rats with thick broken English accents based on Arnold Schwarzenegger. When asked about the skit and if he was offended, he said that he loved the skit and felt that is the most American thing that could happen to him, to be a character on a famous American show, like “SNL,” and so he took it as a true “you know you have made it” moment.
Schwarzenegger became a household name around the world when he landed the role as the Terminator.
His next big role as “The Terminator” would be the one to catapult him into international superstardom. From that movie came a franchise, and other big-budget action blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger name and his accent would become iconic, with audiences repeated his famous line from the movie “I’ll be back,” only to be replaced by his iconic line “hasta la vista, baby” from the sequel, “Terminator 2.”
Today, in 2019, Schwarzenegger has several fitness competitions named after him that, he has even helped bring weight training to an organization near and dear to his heart, the Special Olympics. He has continued his work on charities and environmental causes. He even has a new movie, Terminator: Dark Fate coming out later this year.
From bodybuilder to college graduate, to Hollywood film star, to part of the Kennedy family, to Governor of California, it is said the Arnold Schwarzenegger is America’s most successful immigrant.
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