Each year, the Forum gives the Keepers of the American Dream Award to leaders and organizations making their community and our country a better place for immigrants. Our honorees embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates in every sense of the word for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
This year’s honorees include:
- The Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero and the Rev. Jeanette Salguero who serve as President and Vice President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC), a national coalition of several thousand evangelical congregations in the United States.
- Charles Foster, Chairman of Foster LLP and is based in the Houston office. He served as senior immigration policy advisor to President George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns and as an immigration policy advisor to Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign.
- Amazon is being recognized for their ongoing dedication to hiring refugees and providing citizenship services and other legal services. They are a strong partner of the Forum’s Corporate Roundtable and advocate for immigrant employees, and the owners of Whole Foods Market, which was an early adopter of and investor in the Forum’s English at Work program.
- Joseph Azam is an Afghan-American lawyer, writer, advocate and policy advisor currently serving as the Board Chair for the Afghan-American Foundation, a leading national non-profit organization focused on advancing the interests of Afghan-Americans. He also serves on the National Welcome Council for Welcome.US. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and came to the US with his family seeking asylum in the 1980s.
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