Sunday, November 16, 2008
It is Sunday in the middle of the National Football League season. So today's Immigrant of the Day is especially apropos. Irene Valdes, his mother, came with her son Alberto Riveron, in January 1966 when he was 5. Alberto grew up to be the first Hispanic referee in the NFL.
Valdes and Riveron were among the roughly quarter of a million Cubans who arrived in the United States in the 1960s and early 1970s.
NFL officials are part-time employees. As a referee and crew chief, Riveron works 35 to 40 hours each week in addition to his full-time job, selling hurricane shutters