Ambassador Estrada among Carnegie Distinguished Immigrants

Ambassador John L. Estrada is among honorees recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York at this year’s “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative.

Since 2006, the philanthropic foundation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens through the initiative.  This year, the Corporation named 42 honorees, representing 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and inspiring professional accomplishments.  Full list of honorees.

Ambassador Estrada, commenting on the honor, said:  “The United States of America is a nation of immigrants, and I am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to serve my country, first as the 15th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps, and now as U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, the country of my birth.  I hope that the United States will always welcome immigrants, as they bring so much to our nation.  At the same time, I hope that through our diplomatic engagements in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the world, the United States Government can help to create better opportunities for people everywhere.”

Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York said: “The honorees are representative of the millions of immigrants who have come to the United States for economic opportunity, education, political or religious asylum, security, or reunification with families and relatives. They, like all Americans, share a common faith in this country.”