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Immigrants Of The Week: Giovanni Segura And Stephen Zack

by Kevin R. Johnson

Giovanni Segura (Mexico)

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Photo Courtesy of Boxing Scene


Our Immigrant of the Day is Giovanni Segura, originally from Mexico and now living in Bell Gardens, California.  Segura, the WBA junior flyweight (108 pounds) champion, pummeled WBO king Ivan Calderon, on his home turf on Saturday night in Puerto Rico. Segura scored a knockout in the eighth round. Segura improved his record to 25-1-1 with his 21st knockout.  One of the best technical fighters in boxing, Calderon had been undefeated and now is 34-1-1. 

Segura, “The Aztec Warrior,” was one of seven children raised on the unforgivingly hot and dusty streets of Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, Mexico. Years ago, Segura made the dangerous trek to the United States via Mexicali, Baja California.

Stephen Zack (Cuba)

Stephen N. Zack, new (and first Hispanic) President of the American Bar Association, is our Immigrant of thf Day.   The ABA Journal quotes Zack:   "As a 14-year-old in 1961, when I was fleeing Cuba with my family and we were taken off a plane by the G2—the Cuban equivalent of the KGB—and put in a cell, the last thing I could have imagined was a day like today."  The son of a Cuban mother and a father whose family roots were in Russia, Zack was installed as ABA president at the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco in August.

A graduate of the University of Florida undergraduate and law school, Zack is the administrative partner od the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.


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.


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