The Trump Administration, with former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken “Cooch” Coochanelli at the point, wants to rewrite the inscription on the Statue of Liberty so that America becomes a welcoming country only for well-to-do white people only.
The plaque was attached to the statue after it was constructed, but its intent has always been a part of our country’s reason for being: We want those looking for an opportunity, regardless of their culture, their circumstances, their religion.
Here are a few people we have welcomed, that were poor when they got here, but aren’t any longer. A lot of Americans benefitted from that largesse.
In 2016 “42 slots on The Forbes 400 belong to naturalized citizens who immigrated to America. That’s 10.5% of the list, a huge overperformance considering that naturalized citizens make up only 6% of the U.S. population,” according to Forges.
Here are a few success stories (not necessarily on the Forbes list) that the Trumpsters may want to consider before banning people because of the color of their skin or their religion.
- Yahoo founder Jerry Yang (Taiwan)
- Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi (India)
- Andrew Ly Sugar Bowl Bakery (Vietnam)
- Vinod Dham CEO of Silicon Spice (India)
- Rijat Gupta ex-managing director McKinsey & Co. (India)
- Elie Weisel author and Jewish activist (Transylvania)
- Mel Martinez former U.S. Senator, chairman Chase Bank of Florida (Cuba)
- Andy Grove co-founder Intel (Hungary)
- Lowell Hawthorne founder Golden Crust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (Jamaica)
- Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz) musician with KISS (Hungary)
- Ahmad Meradji Booklogix CEO (Iran)
- Felix Sanchez de la Vega Guzman Puebla Foods founder (Mexico)
- Sergey Brin co-founder Google (Russia)
- Shahid Khan Jacksonville Jaguars owner (Pakistan)
I’m writing a story for early next year that will feature some of our more successful immigrants and you will know some of them. Imagine what we’d be without them.