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Immigrants Of The Day: Fernando Espuelas of Uruguay, Rumeal Robinson of Jamaica, and Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon of India

by Kevin R. Johnson

Fernando Espuelas (Uruguay)

Fern3_2 Fernando Espuelas (b. August 6, 1966 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an entrepreneur and the founder of StarMedia Network, the first pan-Latin Internet portal in 1996 and the first IPO for a Latin Internet company in 1999. In 2002, Espuelas founded VOY, L.L.C., a digital media company focused on Latinos and those discovering Latin culture. VOY's portal was launched in 2005.

Time named Espuelas as one of the “Leaders of the Millennium”, and he was recognized as a “2000 All-Star” business leader by Crain's New York Business magazine. The World Economic Forum includes him among its elite "Global Leaders of Tomorrow," and he was also a recipient of Latin Trade Magazine's prestigious Bravo Award.

Espuelas' family in Uruguay was financially secure until his father abandoned them when he was 8 years old. Seeking survival at a time when Uruguay was in an acute political and economic crisis, Espuelas and his mother immigrated to the United States in 1976, with only $100. After a series of factory jobs, his mother found work as a housekeeper in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Espuelas attended Greenwich High School and graduated in 1984. While in high school, Espuelas was the President of the Debate Team and the Connecticut State Champion debater in 1982. Espuelas worked in a series of jobs while going to school: gardener; gas station attendant; Woolworth's clerk; restaurant worker; movie usher; newspaper delivery boy; messenger; Chinese food delivery person; pet shop cleaner; baby sitter; electronics board assembler in an electronic church organ manufacturing company; and as an intern at Philip Morris' headquarters in New York.

In 1988, Espuelas graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in history.

March 25, 2008 | Permalink

Rumeal Robinson (Jamaica)

Images Rumeal James Robinson (born November 13, 1966, Mandeville, Jamaica) is a retired American professional basketball player. He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated from the famous Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (where Patrick Ewing attended).

Robinson played college basketball for the University of Michigan. He is famous for hitting two crucial free throws with 3 seconds left in the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game for the University of Michigan Wolverines against Seton Hall University.

Robinson was drafted in 1990 by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th pick. He was signed to a 4-year deal with the Hawks. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers.

March 26, 2008 | Permalink

Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon (India)

Candidate_pic Arjinderpal Singh "A.J." Sekhon (India) is a physician and Army Colonel who ran for Congress in California's 2nd district in 2006. He eaned his MD from the Medical College in Amritsar. Sekhon is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve's 36th Civil Affairs Brigade and has otherwise been self-employed as a medical doctor since 1979.

Sekhon won the June 2006 Democratic primary to gain the nomination to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sekhon opposes the Iraq War, and supports health care reform and protecting the environment. Sekhon lost to Wally Herger in the November 2006 general election.

Sekhon currently lives in Yuba City, California.

March 27, 2008 | 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.