Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nominations for Immigrant of the Year 2010

We are accepting nominations for Immigrant of the Year.  Which immigrant to the United States deserves this recognition?  Let me know your thoughts.  Send nominations to krjohnson@ucdavis.edu or post a comment below (the comment section to this post is open specially for this purpose).




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Here is an inspired nomination from an erstwhile reader:

"Reginalda Rodriguez filled out her ballot with painstaking care, using her practice booklet as a guide -- no on Prop. 19, Jerry Brown for governor, and on through every measure and candidate. It was the first time the 87-year-old great-grandmother of 11 had voted in the United States. She lived the first 65 years of her life in El Salvador. In 1989, she came to live with her son in Los Angeles to escape the civil war in her country. She worked as a nanny until the age of 83. In May 2008, she finally became a U.S. citizen. When Rodriguez arrived at the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center polling place Tuesday afternoon, the workers were unable to find her name on the rolls."

See the full L.A. Times story at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/87-year-old-immigrant-and-first-time-voter-i-have-so-much-esteem-for-this-country.html

Posted by: KJ | Dec 29, 2010 5:37:44 AM

One person who deserves recognition is the man identified here only as "Memo" -- he acted heroically in circumstances that are shameful for this wealthy, humane nation: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/01/BAJV1H2N7P.DTL

Posted by: Reader | Jan 3, 2011 10:59:13 AM

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