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Immigrants Of The Day: Alberto Gonzales of Cuba, Margaret H. Marshall of South Africa, and Heidi Klum of Germany

by Kevin R. Johnson

Alberto Gonzales (Cuba)

Our Immigrant of the Day is former mortgage broker Alberto Gonzales (not to be confused with the former U.S. Attorney General) who just six months after opening his first restaurant in Chicago, Illinois is opening a second restaurant in May.

Gonzales left Cuba at age 11 with his family. He once helped his father sell fish in Key West, Florida Almost 30 years later, Gonzales opened his own restaurant, using family recipes.

March 20, 2009 | Permalink

Margaret H. Marshall (South Africa)

Marshalllg Margaret H. Marshall is Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. A native of South Africa, she graduated from Witwaterstrand University in Johannesburg in 1966. In 1966, she was elected as President of the National Union of South African Students, and served in that capacity until 1968 when she came to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. She received a master's degree from Harvard University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Chief Justice Marshall was an associate, and later a partner, in the Boston law firm of Csapler & Bok, and was a partner in the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. Before her appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Harvard University. First appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in November 1996, she was named as Chief Justice in September 1999 by Governor Cellucci, and began her term on October 14, 1999 following her confirmation by the Governor's Council. Chief Justice Marshall is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court in its over-300 year history, and the first woman to serve as Chief Justice.

Marshall was born in Newcastle, South Africa, the daughter of a steel executive. She attended University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and was a leader of students who opposed the racist apartheid system. Marshall led a student organization for three years called the National Union of South African Students, which was dedicated to ending oppressive minority rule and achieving equality for all South Africans.   She moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1964 and attended Harvard University (earning a master's degree in education in 1969) and Yale Law School. In 1984, she married then-New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis.

March 17, 2009 | Permalink

Heidi Klum (Germany)

140pxheidi_klum4crop Heidi Klum (born June 1, 1973) is a world famous model and actressl. Klum has also been the Emmy Award-nominated hostess of cable television shows Project Runway and Germany's Next Topmodel.

Klum was raised in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, a small city outside Cologne. According to Klum, she was persuaded by a friend to enroll in a national modeling contest. Out of 25,000 contestants, Klum won and was offered a modeling contract.   The rest is history.

Klum now is based in the United States with her family.  In 2008, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

March 16, 2009 | 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.