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El Pasoans react to State of the Union, say compromise is needed for change

By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO, Texas -- During his fifth State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for 2014 to be the year of action.

America, the land of opportunity, is a motto the President put on trial Tuesday night.

The notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead. Lets face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows, Obama said.

Those hits were laid out over the passed few years, but many in the borderland said they disagree.

If you look at other countries around the world, I dont know how you can say its suffering clearly were still the land of opportunity, said Robert Macias.

The president called for America to get a raise, and thats something Anai Ramirez from east El Paso agrees with.

We get paid enough to barely live by, Ramirez said.

The president asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, and he also asked private owners to do so as well. He said he will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay federal employees $10 an hour.

You can only do so much with (minimum wage). For people who have families, its hard to pay for house payments, car insurance, said Carlos Gonzalez-Rivera of west El Paso.

But in order for any of those changes to come to light, El Pasoans said they need to see compromise in Washington.

If the White House and the lawmakers could get past some of the bickering, maybe we could get something done, Macias said.



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