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Immigrants Of The Day: Peter Löwenbräu Griffin of Mexico, Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan of Ireland, and Guarione M. Diaz of Cuba

by Kevin R. Johnson

Peter Löwenbräu Griffin (Mexico)

250pxfamilyguyfamilypromo Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is the protagonist of the hit Fox television show "Family Guy." He' is 43-years old man of Irish (and partially black) descent currently residing in Rhode Island with his family. 

In an episode (Padre de Familia (Family Guy)) that first aired on November 18, 2007, Peter Griffin starts an anti-immigration group, but immediately changes his views after discovering he was born in Mexico. Unable to prove his American citizenship and the legitimacy of his marriage, he is deemed an "illegal immigrant," separated from his wife Lois by authorities, and forced to work on his father-in-law's estate as a groundskeeper, all the while leading the fight for immigrant rights.

November 20, 2007 | Permalink

Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (Ireland)

Caitlin Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (born May 26, 1964 in Skerries, Dublin, Ireland) is the author of many science fiction and dark fantasy works, including six novels, many comic books, more than one hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes.

As a small child, Kiernan moved to the United States with her mother. Much of her childhood was spent in the small town of Leeds, Alabama.  Kiernan attended college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying geology and vertebrate paleontology, and she held both museum and teaching positions before finally turning to fiction writing in 1992.

Kiernan's first novel, The Five of Cups, was written in 1992-93 but was not published until 2003. Her first published short story was "Persephone," a dark science-fiction tale, released in 1995.

Kiernan has had short fiction selected for Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and The Year's Best Science Fiction, and her short stories have been collected in several volumes.

Kiernan lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 30, 2007 | Permalink

Guarione M. Diaz (Cuba)

Guarione_diaz Guarione M. Diaz is president and chief executive officer of the Cuban American National Council, Inc., a private nonprofit organization involved in education, employment, housing, and economic development services. The Cuban American National Council has helped over 3,500 at-risk students remain in school; made 36,800 direct job placements; created more than 4,400 new jobs; awarded over 85 internships to needy students; and built new housing units for 1,700 low and moderate income persons

Diaz was born in Havana, Cuba and is presently living in Dade County, Florida. He holds an undergraduate degree from St. Francis College and a graduate degree from Columbia University.  In 1994, Diaz served as the U.S. Ombudsman/Civilian Liaison in Guantanamo, Cuba. He has been actively involved in many community organizations and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of local and national organizations.

December 17, 2007 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.