How Immigrants Positively Impact American communities

Often on the news, we hear immigration discussed as a problem, with emphasis on negative stories that insert a fear factor to the average American. However, there are some incredible situations that happen every day in the United States that involve immigrants. Because we believe in the power of immigration, and because we are immigrants ourselves, we’d like to share a few impactful and meaningful immigration stories with you to help bridge the news gap. 


Shing-Fu Hsueh, New Jersey. Mr. Hseuh immigrated from Taiwan in 1969 with $300 to his name. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1975 with two master’s degrees and a PhD in chemical engineering and worked to forge the first clean water initiative in the state of New Jersey. Accustomed to martial law that he experienced in Taiwan, Hsueh loved America’s vibrant democracy, and relished the chance to get involved in public service. He became the Mayor in 2001 and made several positive impacts on the community. He is a star example of the immigrant spirit. 


Jose Ramon Andres Puerta, Florida. An immigrant from Spain and a staple on the Miami culinary scene, Jose Andres is a naturalized citizen that has been a vocal advocate for the need for immigration reform. He is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. His work with World Central Kitchen has gained national attention, with Jose Andres receiving a 2015 Humanities Medal at the White House.


Tereza Lee, Illinois. Born in Brazil to Korean parents who fled after the Korean War, Lee was raised in Chicago. She started playing the piano when she was seven. Lee is a known name for many, because she was the inspiration for the Dream Act. Her family was undocumented, and they feared that if discovered the family could be separated and face deportation. When a US Senator heard her story, he introduced the 2001 DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill to provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented youth who immigrated as children. Tereza was the first “dreamer.”


Rashaad Bajwa, New Jersey. Despite moving to the US at a young age, Mr. Bajwa always felt like an outsider. Born in Pakistan, he married a Chinese immigrant and says he has “Pakinese American” children. He has started three computer technology companies and many jobs for Americans: Domain Computer Services;; and Domain Tech Academy.


There are many stories big and small that tell the ways that immigrants help make the United States a stronger, more diverse, and better place to live. If you are on the path to citizenship, or are interested in the options you might have available to you for US immigration.