Outstanding Americans by Choice

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Each year the USCIS recognizes deserving naturalized American citizens for their outstanding accomplishments. These awards do not receive the public acclaim that they should. It is one thing for those of us who were born American to accomplish great things, but how much more significant are the accomplishments of those who have chosen to immigrate to America to make an impact?

The 2014 Outstanding Americans by Choice are:

Alejandro N. Mayorkas. This Cuban-born American is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and has a law degree from Loyola Law School. A former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, he is the sixth Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Previously, he served several years as the head of the USCIS, the organization that has awarded him this recognition.

John Lukacs. Mr. Lukacs is an historian and author and former Pulitzer Prize nominee. Born in Hungary, he fled the emergency of Communist Eastern Europe. He taught at Columbia University after immigrating to the U.S., but spent most of his 47-year teaching career as the chair of the history department at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality, chef, and owner of more than 16 restaurants in Washington, DC; Beverly Hills, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL; and Dorado, Puerto Rico. He was born in Spain, educated at La Escola de Restauració i Hostalatge de Barcelona, and came to America to make his career. He is a recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef and was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012.

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