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The American Immigration Council Honors Immigrant Achievement in Music at the 2012 American Heritage Awards

Released on Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Washington D.C. - The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 American Heritage Awards. The Awards celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants to America and this year we recognize immigrant achievement in music. The Council will celebrate the honorees and enjoy live performances on Friday, June 15, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee during the Council’s Annual Benefit and as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Annual Conference.

The honorees include:

  • Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel (Australia)
  • Violinist/Violist Yura Lee (South Korea)
  • Pianist/Composer Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera (Cuba)

For biographical information on the honorees click here.

“Each year we honor immigrants who have made exceptional contributions to America” said Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council. “This year’s focus is on the important mark immigrant musicians are making on America. However, our event seeks to remind everyone about the enduring and significant contributions immigrants make, in all fields and at all levels, every day."


For more information, contact Wendy Sefsaf at or 202-507-7524.


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