"I am humbled and honoured to be included in this list of people who represent the promise of the immigrant experience. America has been good to me and I am proud to call myself an American immigrant," said Ms Sikka. The Carnegie Corporation will celebrate 38 "distinguished group of immigrants and their accomplishments" on the occasion of America's Independence Day tomorrow with a full-page colour public service ad in The New York Times, a dedicated multimedia website with an archive of honorees, shareable videos, podcasts and interactive quizzes. The corporation would also honour new and aspiring citizens on a tribute website.
The 38 immigrants honoured this year come from more than 30 countries around the world and represent leadership in a wide range of professions. Other notable honorees include Nobel Prize-winning Biochemist of Israeli origin Arieh Warshel, German-origin Nobel Prize-winning Neuroscientist Thomas Sudhof, Pakistani-American immigration attorney Rabia Chaudry, Colombian-origin actress Sofia Vergara among other. "Our founder, Andrew Carnegie, came to this country as the son of impoverished immigrants and grew up to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy," said Vartan Gregorian, president of the corporation. "His devotion to US democracy stemmed from his conviction that the new infusion of talent that immigrants bring to our country keeps American society vibrant," he said.