Eva Longoria on 'This Week'

The Presidential Inauguration Committee co-chair on the president's second term agenda.
5:06 | 01/20/13

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♪ at last ♪ the last inauguration, beyonce at the inaugural ball. She's going to be back at tomorrow's ceremony with the national anthem. Kelly clarkson and james taylor will sing too and another big star co-chairing these events and joins us now, eva longoria, welcome to "this week." Hello. How are you? This is your first inaugural but the president's second, so how does he recapture the magic the second time around? Oh, there's a lot of magic here, but it's my first so it's my, you know, first experience. I think there's something beautiful to a recommitment to the people of this great nation and to see him, you know, do today. I saw the vice president get sworn in earlier today. It's begun. Yes, and, you know, there's a lot of magic happen, sonia sotomayor being the first hispanic to swear in a president was a big moment for us and our community so a lot of firsts still happening. And you are everywhere this week including the cover of "the wall street journal" yesterday, front page, "eva longoria's next role, hispanic activist in washington." It goes on to say "her role reaches beyond fund-raising and speech making and into policy and strategy. She helpedrge mr. Obama to make a key change in immigration policy last year." They call you a power player. I don't know what that means. But you are trying to effect policy. Absolutely. Absolutely. I mean I'm trying to do my part as a citizen and my part as a ic 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. You just heard the debate on our roundtable -- I did. -- About immigration. I was out there by the a little speaker. Put yourself at the table with them. How does the president get that done? Yeah. This time around? Well, you know, it's -- he's made it very clear it will be a top priority and, you know, there was a historic mobilization with the hispanic vote. The most contentious issue that you guys were talking about was citizenship and there's many tenets to it and when people say get in the back of the line, people don't realize there's a hundred lines to get into, and if you're in that line, then you weren't supposed to be in that line, you got -- it's a very broken system and 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 is doing. I know one of the other things you're focusing on is how to prevent it from becoming a partisan issue. How do you reach out across party lines on this? Well, you know, I think -- 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, because immigration in particular, 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, then they have to do it because it's economically imperative so there's a lot of gains no matter what party affiliation to get it done and fix the problem. The "wall street journal" says you haven't ruled out a run. Are you going to go back to texas? My great state of texas -- no, I've always said the power is with citizens. I love doing what I do. I think, you know, it's interesting, and it's all of our responsibility to be involved in a way I'm involved, and, you know, I'm not running for office. I respect everything that politicians do. I think it's a very, very big job. It's their day job. It's not my day job. I'm just doing what I can to help the communities in which i came from. Good luck with that. Good luck this week. And, eva longoria, thanks very much. Thanks. And now we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week the pentagon released the name of one soldier killed in afghanistan. And as we take a look at president obama laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown at arlington cemetery this morning, we invite you to stay with abc news throughout these inaugural ceremonies. Diane sawyer and I will be back just before noon for a special report as president obama is formally sworn in for his second term by chief justice roberts at a brief private ceremony in advance of tomorrow's public celebrations and abc news covers it all starting at "good morning america" at the newseum and diane and I will be joined by special guests and will bring you every event of the day through the inaugural parade. David muir will be here with a special edition of "world news sunday" tonight and I'll see you

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