By Janet Murguia, President and CEO, NCLR
(This was first published in the Kansas-based Lawrence Journal-World.)
Tuesday, I met our country’s newest Americans, right here in Lawrence. I had the privilege of addressing the 10th annual naturalization ceremony at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, held with the support of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. This ceremony brought home for me how much things have changed since I started my freshman year at KU 35 years ago this month.
Growing up in Kansas City, Kan., I could never have imagined welcoming 100 new Kansans from more than 43 different nations. But that’s the reality of today’s Kansas, where both the immigrant and the Hispanic communities have grown by leaps and bounds. In just the last decade, the Latino population grew by 59 percent. In fact, one out of every 10 Kansans is now Hispanic. Continue reading