Ron Rivera says ‘America’s foundation is built on¡¯ immigration in response to Donald Trump’s policies

The Carolina Panthers¡¯ Ron Rivera is the only Latino head coach in the NFL, and his heritage gives him a unique perspective on President Donald Trump¡¯s approach to immigration issues in the United States.

Rivera said during an interview with CNN Money¡¯s Ahiza Garcia that regardless of what the president is trying to do, it¡¯s important to not lose sight of the impact of this administration¡¯s planned policies, from building a wall to the so-called Muslim ban.
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¡°There¡¯s a group of people that are trying to make better lives for their families, and that¡¯s what it really should be about,¡± Rivera said. ¡°And I think what everybody has to understand, more so than anything else, is that¡¯s what America¡¯s foundation is built on, and we can¡¯t lock people out because of that.¡±

As the only Latino head coach in the NFL, it hasn¡¯t been an easy road for Rivera to get to this point, and he has experienced prejudice because of his race.

The ¡°Killer B¡¯s¡± ¡ª Bell, Brown, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ¡ª will all reunite next season in an attempt to repeat as AFC North champions. That alone makes Pittsburgh a lethal offense, but things could get even better. Martavis Bryant applied for reinstatement in January and is still waiting for a response from the NFL.

With those stars, along with one of the NFL¡¯s best offensive lines, there¡¯s no questioning whether Pittsburgh will boast a top offense next season ¡ª that is, assuming the team can keep some semblance of health throughout 2017.

The Steelers still have some work to do between now and next season.

Linebackers James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, and Jarvis Jones are all free agents, so re-signing at least two of those guys is the next priority for Pittsburgh. Harrison has already made it clear he, like Brown, wants to keep playing for the Steelers.

Steelers have $100 million tied up with their offense for 2017 and only $50 million with their defense. It’s the biggest gap in the NFL.
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