The story of the United States—from its beginnings as a nation to today—has a common thread: Immigrants and their descendants created and continue to contribute to the development of this great country.
Two members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, are part of the American story and are helping shape its future. One was born of parents who met while learning to become U.S. citizens; the other did not learn to speak English until the age of five. Now, they are in charge of fostering and promoting the welfare of the nation’s labor force, expanding economic growth at home and abroad, and carrying out the decennial 2010 Census count. Together, Secretaries Solis and Locke will work to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
Please join Secretaries Solis and Locke at the Center for American Progress as they tell their "American Stories" and their perspectives of today’s immigration debate.
Hilda L. Solis, United States Secretary of Labor
Gary Locke, United States Secretary of Commerce
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress