Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Named "Great Immigrant" by Carnegie Corporation

June 30, 2017
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – On July 4th, the Carnegie Corporation of New York will honor Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) as part of their annual Great Immigrants tribute recognizing the important contributions immigrants have made to advance our society, culture, and economy. 


“It’s an honor to be recognized by such a renowned philanthropic organization and to be in the company of such distinguished fellow honorees,” said Torres.  “As an immigrant, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back to this country that has given me so much and to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves so that they too can be allowed to fulfill their potential just like I did.” 


Each year since 2006, the Carnegie Corporation has recognized the contributions of prominent naturalized citizens.  This year’s honorees represent over 30 countries of origin and a wide range of experiences and professional fields.  The 2017 honorees include six Nobel Prize winners, Max Levchin, the cofounder of PayPal, and actors Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson.


“At a time when immigrants and minorities feel demonized and under attack, it’s important to remember that immigrants built this country and to this day continue to work tirelessly to make it stronger, better, and more prosperous,” continued Torres.  “I commend the Carnegie Corporation for their ongoing work to highlight the important role that immigrants play in America and for all they do to promote civic engagement and participation among immigrant communities.”


The Carnegie Corporation was founded in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant, to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.  The Corporation’s agenda focuses on issues that Carnegie considered critically important: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.