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Profiles of Successful Immigrants in the U.S.

Immigrants have made a big impact on this nation. Learn the success stories of famous immigrants both past and present.

Henry Kissinger, Nobel Prize Winner
Henry Kissinger fled Germany before the start of World War II and came to the United States, where he became one of the most influential architects of U.S. foreign policy as secretary of state and national security adviser in the Nixon administration.

Baseball's Cuban Defectors
Dozens of talented Cuban baseball players have defected and then come to the United States to play in the Major Leagues and become U.S. citizens.

Samantha Power, U.N. Ambassador
President Obama chose Ireland-born Samantha Power as his United Nations ambassador in 2013.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, House Cuban-American
Miami's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen fled Castro's Cuba when she was 8 and went on to push for the DREAM Act as a member of the U.S. Congress.

Richard Blanco, Cuban-American Poet
Cuban-American Richard Blanco was the first openly gay poet to read his work at an inauguration in January 2013.

Robbie Cano, New York Yankees' Slugger
Robbie Cano, the New York Yankees' second baseman, became a U.S. citizen in November 2012 and told the world via Twitter.

Sen. Mazie Keiko Hirono, Hawaii
Mazie Keiko Hirono won a U.S. Senate race in Hawaii and became the state's first female senator and the first Japanese immigrant to join the Senate.

Immigrants on U.S. Olympic Team
Dozens of foreign-born athletes who immigrated to the United States will represent Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics.

Profile of Lopez Lomong, U.S. Olympic runner
Lopez Lomong, one of Sudan's "Lost Boys," survived civil war and 10 years in a refugee camp to run for the United States in the Olympics.

Profile of Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols hit it out of the park when he took his U.S. citizenship test in 2007.

Immigrant Americans Who Made Headlines in 2011
Immigrant Americans left their mark on 2011.

Ozzie Guillen, Former Baseball Manager
Ozzie Guillen became a U.S. citizen weeks after leading the White Sox to the World Series title. He also managed the Florida Marlins.

Profile of Indra Nooyi
As a child in India, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi thought about coming to America one day.

Profile of Pierce Brosnan
Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, who has starred in three James Bond movies, says political activism helped motivate him to become an American citizen.

A Tribute to Fort Hood's Immigrant Victims
On November 5, 2009, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on Fort Hood's military base, killing 13 and wounding dozens more. Two immigrant soldiers were among the dead.

Profile of Alejandro Mayorkas
Cuban-born USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas oversees the administration of the world’s largest immigration service.

Profile of Liam Neeson
Irish-American actor Liam Neeson was bit by the acting bug as a young lad in Northern Ireland, but it took 35 years and a trip to Hollywood to make him a leading man.

Immigrants in Politics
They might have been born in a different country, but these immigrants in politics embraced the United States as their adopted home. By helping to lead the nation and its people, the following immigrants in politics have shaped the country.

Anna Kournikova - Tennis Star Anna Kournikova
Tennis star Anna Kournikova may be semi-retired from her sport but she hasn't slowed down. The Russian beauty is an active supporter of several charitable organizations and works as the brand ambassador for K-Swiss.

Profile of Catherine Bell
Actress and naturalized citizen Catherine Bell is best-known for her roles in the popular military TV dramas, Jag and Army Wives.

Profile of CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez
Cuban-born Rick Sanchez anchors the 3-4 p.m. edition of CNN Newsroom and contributes to CNN en Español.

Profile of Grey's Anatomy Immigrant Actors
ABC's popular hospital drama, Grey's Anatomy, boasts four successful immigrants among its cast of main characters.

Neil Gaiman - Profile of Literary Rock Star Neil Gaiman
Writer Neil Gaiman is commonly referred to as the rock star of the literary world. He wrote one of the most successful comic-book series in the United States and is the author of Coraline, a fantasy/horror novella recently adapted into a stop-action movie. Find out what the British-born Gaiman feels only America can provide and why he refuses to become a citizen.

Michael J. Fox - Actor and Parkinson's Research Advocate
This dual Canadian-U.S. citizen is an actor and founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Levi Strauss - Founder of Levi Strauss & Co.
Learn about Levi Strauss, founder of Levi Strauss & Company; the first company to manufacture blue jeans.

Sergey Brin - Google Co-Founder
Google co-founder and president of technology, Sergey Brin is an immigrant success story. Brin emigrated from Russia at the age of six and at the age of 34, made #5 on Forbes 2007 list of richest Americans with a net worth of $18.5 billion.

Cristeta Comerford - White House Executive Chef
The White House executive chef is a celebrity among fellow chefs and foodies. The current executive chef has worked in the White House kitchen for over 10 years and is a naturalized citizen.

NASA Astronauts Who Are Naturalized U.S. Citizens
If you're going to dream, dream big. These immigrants to the U.S. wanted to reach for the stars and become U.S. naturalized citizens to serve their adopted country as NASA astronauts.

Louis Prang - Father of the American Christmas Card
German immigrant Louis Prang is credited with being the "father of the American Christmas card."

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Governor of California
Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger is a 7-time winner of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, a 2-time Golden Globe nominee, a successful businessman and investor, and currently serves as the Governor of California.

Admiral Hyman Rickover - Father of the Nuclear Navy
Admiral Rickover was given the title, "Father of the Nuclear Navy" for inventing the first nuclear powered submarine in the world. He received numerous medals and decorations during his 63 years of active duty.

Elon Musk, Entrepreneur and Inventor
South African-born Elon Musk, who from childhood dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen, is the entrepreneur and inventor who is the driving force behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal.

David Ortiz, Boston Slugger
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became and American citizen a decade after coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic.

Peter Jennings - Broadcast Journalist and News Anchor
Peter Jennings was a powerful and influential broadcast journalist. A native of Canada, Jennings anchored ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005.

Profile of Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim, a Korean immigrant, is the U.S. nominee to lead the World Bank.

Profile of Rupert Murdoch
Publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch had to become a U.S. citizen to move his empire into the United States.

Profile of Michael Moritz
Michael Moritz came to the United States from Wales and early on recognized the enormous potential of Silicon Valley.

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in Manhattan
Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney in Manhattan, is the top enforcer on Wall Street.

Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini is a much-heralded Afghan novelist who wrote The Kite Runner and became a U.S. citizen in 1993.

Luis Leon, Cuban-American Pastor
Luis Leon, the Cuban-American Pastor at Washington's historic St. John's Episcopal Church, delivered the benediction and President Obama's second inauguration in Jan. 2013.

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins' Pitcher
Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez, a Cuban defector, made three unsuccessful attempts to get to the United States until finally making it on a boat to Cancun, Mexico, and then to the Major Leagues.

Yasiel Puig, Dodgers' Outfielder
Cuban defector Yasiel Puig has energized the Los Angeles Dodgers since escaping to freedom in 2012 and signing a huge contract with the team.

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins' Pitcher
Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez, a Cuban defector, made three unsuccessful attempts to get to the United States until finally making it on a boat to Cancun, Mexico, and then to the Major Leagues.

Alfred Molina, Actor
British actor Alfred Molina, the son of an Italian mother and Spanish father, knew a lot about the challenges facing immigrants when he became a U.S. citizen in 2004.

Madeleine Albright - Former U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright served as U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. Born in Czechoslovakia, she has devoted her life's work to government and foreign policy.

World Series Immigrants 2013
Immigrants and foreign-born baseball players have starred in the 2013 World Series and playoffs, as well as the MLB regular season.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. - Author and Motivational Speaker
Dr. Chopra, a self-help author and motivational speaker, is considered to be one of the leaders in the integration of Western medicine with Ayurveda.

José Andrés, Renowned Chef
José Andrés immigrated to the United States from Spain and quickly became one of the country's top chefs and teachers.

Australian Baseball Star Grant Balfour
Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Grant Balfour is one of several dozen Australians who have played Major League Baseball.

Immigrant Baseball Players To Watch in 2014
Close to 30% of the players in Major League Baseball are foreign-born, and immigrants will play a big role in the 2014 season.

Meb Keflezighi, Marathon Champion

Cuban Defector José Abreu, White Sox Slugger
José Abreu defected from Cuba in 2013 and now stars for the Chicago White Sox.

Demin Bichir, Mexican-American Actor
Demin Bichir, star of 'The Bridge,' once was an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico and now he's a voice for immigration reform in Hollywood.

U.S. Soccer Team's Dual Nationals

Comedian Craig Ferguson Scored 100% on Naturalization Test

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