Jeff Gauger,The Executive Editor of the Canton Repository listed 50 reasons why immigration is important to him. In an area that has a strong Latino impact in economic growth (with Robert Torres as City of Canton, Director of Developement and Kim Perez as Stark County Auditor) there are many more reasons why immigration should be important to him as well as all residents of Stark County. Below are some favorites from Gauge's list.
August 23, 2010, Canton Repository
Immigration has gotten a bad rap. Which is too bad. Here are 50 reasons immigration is important to me:
Madeleine Albright, first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, for President Bill Clinton. Born in Czechoslovakia.
Irving Berlin, composer and lyricist. Born in Russia.
Sergey Brin, computer scientist, co-founder of Google. Born in what was then the Soviet Union.
St. Frances X. Cabrini, co-founder of the Order of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, missionary among immigrants in New York City, founder of orphanages in the United States. Born in Italy.
Fernando Caldeiro, U.S. astronaut. Born in Argentina.
Andrew Carnegie, businessman and philanthropist. Born in Scotland.
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist who transformed science with his theory of special relativity, Nobel laureate. Born in Germany.
Gloria Estefan, singer, songwriter. Born in Cuba.
Enrico Fermi, physicist who helped develop the first nuclear reactor while at the University of Chicago; Nobel laureate. Born in Italy.
Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court justice. Born in Austria.
Greta Garbo, movie actor. Born in Sweden.
Marcario Garcia, staff sergeant during World War II, recipient of the Medal of Honor for action in Germany. Born in Mexico.
Andrew Grove, founder of Intel. Born in Hungary.
Henry Kissinger, political scientist, national security adviser to President Richard Nixon and later secretary of state for Nixon and President Gerald Ford; Nobel laureate. Born in Germany.
Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, fourth governor of New Mexico, first U.S. senator with roots in Mexico. Born in Mexico.
Yo Yo Ma, virtuoso cellist. Born in France.
Dinaw Mengestu, writer and novelist. Born in Ethiopia.
John Muir, naturalist and early preservationist. Born in Scotland.
Rupert Murdoch, businessman in media, founder, chairman and CEO of News Corp. Born in Australia.
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, Iraqi lawyer who helped rescue prisoner of war Jessica Lynch in 2003 in Iraq. Born in Iraq.
Hakeem Olajuwon, professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria.
I.M. Pei, architect. Born in China.
Wolfgang Puck, chef and restaurant owner. Born in Austria.
Joseph Pulitzer, crusading newspaper publisher. Born in Hungary.
Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer. Born in the Dominican Republic.
Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. four-star admiral who directed development of nuclear propulsion for U.S. Navy submarines. Born in Poland.
Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of an oral polio vaccine. Born in Russia.
Rubén Salazar, newspaper reporter and television news director, martyr for Chicano rights. Born in Mexico.
Jem Spectar, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Born in Cameroon.
Igor Stravinsky, composer and conductor. Born in Russia.
Nikola Tesla, inventor and engineer who made early contributions to the development of electricity. Born in what is now Croatia.
Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp, the real Maria of “The Sound of Music” fame. Born in Austria.
Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo. Born in Taiwan.
Ahmed Zewail, chemist and physicist, professor at the California Institute of Technology; Nobel laureate. Born in Egypt.
For Gauger's Complete list, click here.