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Immigrants In The Political Arena

Voting and participating in our democracy is not just an obligation but a fundamental privilege of U.S. Citizenship.  Access to a role in the political life of their adopted land is frequently a motivating factor when permanent residents seek citizenship.  Some aspire to public service.  The following are thumbnail biographies of some representative modern day  Read more→

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American Immigration Council Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Jack Pinnix a past President of AILA and Eleanor Pelta, the Immediate Past President of AILA, pictured with Alexander Tymouch the winner of the American Immigration Council’s Creative Writing Contest at AIC’s 2012 American Heritage Awards at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel (June 15).  The Awards dinner celebrated the Council’s 25th Anniversary (formerly the American Immigration  Read more→

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Presidential Proclamation–100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan.  Flames spread quickly through the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors — overcrowded, littered with cloth scraps, and containing few buckets of water to douse the flames — giving the factory workers there little time to escape.  Read more→

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Rennison Vern Castillo

The Los Angeles Times reports that Immigration and Customs Protection (ICE) will pay an Army veteran $400,000 for wrongfully detaining him. Rennison Vern Castillo, a naturalized U.S. citizen served years in the U.S, Army, was detained for months as a suspected illegal immigrant. ICE also issued an official apology.  Castillo, spent seven months in a  Read more→

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A Youth From Sicily Makes America’s Iconic Comedies and Patriotic Documentaries

Frank Capra (1897-1991) was born in Bisacquino, Sicily.  The son of farmers, his family immigrated to the United States, settling on a farm outside Los Angeles, when Capra was six years old.  According to Stephen G. Marshall (American National Biography), Capra was the only one of fourteen children to attend college; he attained a degree in chemical  Read more→

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