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7 Latino Immigrants You Should Honor For Immigrant Heritage Month

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The United States is and will always be a nation of immigrants. Unfortunately, thanks to one particular presidential candidate, who also happens to be the child of immigrants and has a thing for marrying immigrant women, a good portion of this country has a negative view on immigrants. To counteract the GOP frontrunner’s constant badmouthing of immigrants, and to celebrate/kick off  Immigrant Heritage Month, we’ve compiled a list of Latinos born abroad that are continuing to make America great.

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Director of Johns Hopkins’ Brain Tumor Surgery Program

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Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is an immigrant from Mexicali, Harvard Medical School grad (with honors), neurosurgeon, professor, director and heads a lab studying brain tumors. He literally jumped the fence between the U.S. and Mexico and spent years working on the railroads in California before getting a scholarship to go to the University of California Berkley.

“I knew the risks,” Quiñones-Hinojosa said in his own online bio. “I had big dreams, and I would rather risk my life than stay in Mexico…I never felt like my life was hard though. It was a privilege for me to be here. I enjoyed every step because I knew it was all leading to something bigger.”

Jorge Pérez

Real-Estate Developer Expanding Affordable Housing

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The son of Cuban parents and born in Argentina, Jorge Pérez has always played the role of immigrant. The real estate developer started by building affordable housing in the 1980s before getting into the luxury condo game. Valued at $3.4 billion, Pérez is looking to expand beyond the Miami condo business and has plans of investing in Cuba. He was once the advisor of Cuba to former president Bill Clinton.

Jose Hernandez-Rebollar

AcceleGlove Inventor

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The inventor of the AcceleGlove electronic glove, which translates American Sign Language into spoken and written words, is an immigrant from Puebla, Mexico. In his early thirties, this innovator was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad in the U.S. at George Washington University and he set to work making his groundbreaking invention. Jose Hernandez-Rebollar was inspired to create the AcceleGlove to help people communicate within multi-lingual families. Essentially, it would help deaf children who speak English and American Sign Language to communicate with family members who only speak Spanish by translating the signs into written or spoken word.

Jorge Ramos

Journalist and Author

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Jorge Ramos is an award-winning journalist and one the faces chosen to appear on the 2015 cover of Time Magazine’s annual 100 most influential list. Since the beginning of the current election cycle, Ramos has been front and center in all things that are being said about and impacting the Latino community. He has been kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference, debated the border wall idea on Fox News and he even took the time to call out Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s corrupt government.

Jordi Muñoz

Founder of 3D Robotics

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Jordi Muñoz and his girlfriend moved from Mexico to the United States when he was 20 years old in 2007. But after moving to the States, Muñoz was stuck waiting seven months for his green card to be approved and sent to him. Instead of moping about and letting time slip by, the Mexican immigrant set to work building his very own drone in his garage. Almost 10 years later, Muñoz is the co-founder of the largest commercial drones manufacture, 3DR.

Julissa Arce

Goldman Sachs VP turned Activist

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Julissa Arce stunned the world when she admitted to climbing the ladder to being a Wall Street executive as a woman…AND an undocumented immigrant. Since the story of her success broke on an international stage, Arce has become a citizen and is using her voice to fight for other undocumented immigrants trying to make a life for themselves in the U.S.

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Founder of ProAmérica Bank

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Contreras-Sweet is the founding chairwoman of the first Latino-formed commercial bank in California. Through hard work, Contreras-Sweet helped to build a create ProAmérica Bank before leaving to serve as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. She is basically trying help the small-business market grow like only America can.

READ: This Young Latino Creates Art Inspired By His Immigrant Parents

 What other amazing immigrants are you honoring this month? Comment below to let us know and share this story with all your friends.

Why Did Mark Zuckerberg Donate $5 Million to DREAMers?

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Why Did Mark Zuckerberg Donate $5 Million to DREAMers?

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You remember Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right?

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You know, the guy who had his laptop destroyed by Spider-Man.

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OK, OK, this is the real Zuckerberg.

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He actually smiles.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced they’re donating $5 million to DREAMers.

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They’re funding scholarships that will go to 400 undocumented students in the Bay Area. Zuckerberg took to Facebook to explain why:

“Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States. Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can’t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America’s future. But without documentation, it’s often a struggle to get a college education, and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid.”

Anti-immigrant activists reacted like this:

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But you know…

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Seriously though, five million dollars?

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This calls for a celebration, right? No so fast…

Some have questioned Zuckerberg’s motives for supporting immigration reform.

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Zuckerberg, who founded the non profit fwd.us to push for immigration reform, called it “one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time.” But it’s been pointed out that Zuckerberg probably isn’t doing it out of altruism – it’s because he’d like to hire more foreign workers at Facebook. Why?

Employees on work visas get paid less.

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According to a report by Economic Policy Institute, “The principal reason that firms use H-1Bs to replace American workers is because H-1B nonimmigrant workers are much cheaper than locally recruited and hired U.S. workers.”

Zuckerberg’s fwd.us organization also has a subsidiary called Americans for a Conservative Direction.

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In 2013, the organization was criticized for creating “xenophobic” radio ads calling current immigration policies a national security disaster. Here’s a taste:

Male: Our immigration system is a joke, and the whole world knows it.

Female: Our border is unsecure, our laws are unenforced. We don’t know who’s here, what they’re doing or even why.

Male: What we have now is a national security nightmare waiting to happen.

So what’s Zuckerberg’s deal?

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Hey, maybe he wants to hire cheaper foreign workers AND DREAMers to get an education. Only he knows for sure.

So back to that $5 million.

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Sounds like a lot, right? Until you realize…

 Zuck, aren’t you worth like $34 BILLION?

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*Sips tea*

Is Zuckerberg a good guy or just wanting to take advantage of cheap labor? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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