Category Archives: Great Americans

Blog articles in this category include information about Great Americans — American immigrants that have contributed to the United States’ success.

Amazing Immigration Quotes from U.S. Veterans

immigration quotes from u.s. veteransOn this Veterans Day, CitizenPath recognizes the contributions of immigrants that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Share these immigration quotes from great Americans.


“Dear America, I am an Arab American, but a proud American just like you (…) On that dreadful day, September 11th, my duffel bag was already packed and I was waiting to answer the call of duty. Why was I ready? I also want a better and safer America just like you. When it comes to patriotism and loyalty, I am red, white and blue, just like you.”
Sergeant Mahmoud El-Yousef in an open letter to American news outlets, February 2007

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Remembering Immigrant Soldiers on Memorial Day

immigrant soldiers gettysburgBy Patrick Young, Long Island Wins

Memorial Day originated at the end of the Civil War in Charleston, S.C. when former slaves organized a day to honor Union prisoners of war who had died in a racecourse used to incarcerate them. Over the coming years the tens of thousands of graves of Union soldiers buried in the South would be tended every year on Memorial Day by freedmen and freedwomen. The graves were despised by many Southern whites who saw the Union soldiers as invaders, but for the African Americans the Union soldiers were liberators who had ended slavery.

A quarter of those soldiers’ graves belonged to immigrants. Immigrants had made up half of the professional soldiers in the United States army before the war, and nearly half-a-million served in the Union army. Continue reading

Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service

expedited citizenship through military serviceImmigrants have a long history of serving in the United States armed forces. According to the U.S. Defense Department, there are currently 30,000-plus non-citizens serving on active duty. Since 2002, over 100,000 foreign-born U.S. soldiers gained expedited citizenship through military service.

More than 4,100 dedicated “green card soldiers” deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in all branches of the U.S. military. On March 21, 2003, Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, a Guatemalan native and U.S. permanent resident, was one the first U.S. service members killed in the Iraq war.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all members of our armed forces. We owe a special level of respect to foreign-born members of the military that fight for the United States even before enjoying the benefits of citizenship. Expedited citizenship through military service is one way to show that appreciation. Continue reading

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Jan 5-11

famous immigrant birthdays jan 5-11CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from Korea, South Africa, South Sudan and Venezuela. Can you name them all?

The following American immigrants have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in January.

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Dec 29 – Jan 4

famous immigrant birthdays dec 29 - jan 4CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from Bolivia, Denmark, England, Guatemala, India, the Philippines and Wales. Can you name them all?

The following immigrant Americans have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in December.

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Dec 22-28

famous immigrant birthdays dec 22 - 28CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Switzerland. Can you name them all?

The following immigrant Americans have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in December.

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Dec 15-21

famous immigrant birthdays december 15-21CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from Romania and Russia. Can you name them both?

The following immigrant Americans have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in December.

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Dec 8-14

famous immigrant birthdays december 8-14CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from Canada, Germany and South Korea. Can you name them all?

The following immigrant Americans have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in December.

Famous Immigrant Birthdays Dec 1-7

immigrant birthdays december 1-7CitizenPath recognizes immigrant birthdays this week for famous, respected and accomplished immigrant Americans.

These are just some of the immigrants that make the USA great. Imagine how immigration reform could help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

This week’s list includes immigrants from China, Cuba, England, and India. Can you name them all?

The following immigrant Americans have a birthday:

Get their names and see all famous immigrant birthdays in December.