“Immigrants: The Pride of America” in New York Times Celebrates “Americans By Choice”

Forty-five women and men from around the world have been celebrated as “Americans by Choice” in a full-page public service announcement in the Fourth of July edition of the New York Times .

Each year on Independence Day, Carnegie Corporation of New York, in partnership with the New York Times, salutes our founder Andrew Carnegie’s legacy, by celebrating an ideal he held so dearly: citizenship.

The Americans celebrated in today’s public service announcement emigrated to the United States from six continents and range in occupation from opera singer and NASA astronaut to circuit court judge and university president.  And they also include a celebrity chef, MVP baseball player, artist and comedian.  A full list of this year’s honorees is below.

“Immigrants: The Pride of America” in today’s New York Times celebrates women and men who have become Americans by choice. The public service announcement declares:

The United States of America remains a land of immigrants. Andrew Carnegie, who founded Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1911, was an immigrant from Scotland. We at Carnegie Corporation salute his legacy, along with the contributions of the millions of other immigrants who have made, and continue to make, our nation strong and vibrant. We are committed to helping immigrants become integrated into the civic fabric of our nation because enlightened citizenship is the everlasting strength of our democracy. Our national motto, — “out of many, one” — continues to be an ideal we can all aspire to and a true guiding light for our nation.

Carnegie Corporation of New York has published these Independence Day announcements in since 2006.

Carnegie Corporation’s president, Vartan Gregorian, an Armenian immigrant from Iran, reminds us of that our country is an extraordinary and daring idea that is still being tested and must be nurtured: “Here, in America,” he said, “we are trying to form a nation that transcends its limits and where the people transcend their differences in order to share a common purpose and common ideals.  And here, in America, we must all understand that participating in our civic life, the rich and vibrant life of our nation, is not just a right but also an obligation.  And perhaps most important of all, it means being a citizen.” 

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Birth Country

Name

Profession

Algeria

Eric Benhamou

Business Leader

Argentina

Eduardo Ochoa

Assistant Secretary for Post-secondary Education

Australia

Andrew S.W. Thomas

NASA Astronaut

Australia

Micheal A McRobbie

University President

Bulgaria

Christo

Artist

Canada

Gregory E Chamitoff

Mission specialist , NASA

Canada

Michael J Fox

Actor/Philanthropist

China

Hao Jiang Tian

Opera singer

China

Wallace Loh

University President

China

Yibin Kang

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Cuba

Eduardo José Padrón

University President

Cyprus

Chrysostomos L. "Max" Nikias 

University President

Dominican Republic

Albert Pujols

Baseball Player

Dominican Republic

Guillermo Linares

New York State Assemblyman

Dominican Republic

Varsovia Fernandez

CEO Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ethiopia

Dinaw Mengestu

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

EngalndHelen GreinerRobotosist

England

C. Micheal Foale

NASA Astronaut

England

Raj Patel

Economist

England

Simon Winchester

Author

Germany

Steven Muller

University President

Greece

Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis

 Museum President

Guyana

Kojo Nnamdi

NPR Host

Haiti

Dumarsais Simeus

Business Leader

Hong Kong

Denny Chin

Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

India

Dinesh R. Desai

Business Leader

India

Harmit Singh Malik

Biomedical Science

India

Jamshed Bharucha

University President

India

Ramani Ayer

Business Leader

India

Vivek Kundra

Chief Information Officer of the United States

Iran

Porochista Khakpour

Author

Ireland

Samantha Power

Special Assistant to  President Obama

Jamaica

Orlando Patterson

Scholar

Japan

Mari Kimura

Violinist

Lebanon

Huda Zoghbi

Professor

Mexico

Hector Ruiz

Business Leader

Mexico

Jorge Ramos

TV News Anchor

Pakistan

Safi Qureshey

Entrepreneur/philanthropist

Russia

Gary Shteyngart

Writer

Russia

Yulia Zagoruchenko

World Class Dancer

Serbia

Gordana Vunjak Novakovic

Biomedical Engineer

Slovakia

Ján Vilček

Scientist and Philanthropist

South Africa

Patrick Soon-Shiong

Business Leader

Spain

José Andrés

Celebrity Chef

Ukraine

Yakov Smirnoff

Comedian