July 06, 2006
Gene Simmons was among the famous foreign-born Americans who were featured in an ad titled "Immigrants: The Pride of America. With the current immigration debate in full swing, the Carnegie Corporation of New York ran an independence week full-page advertisement in The New York Times, which praised immigrants "who have made, and continue to make, our nation strong and vibrant." Gene's photo and 38 others , including Scottish-born industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Albert Einstein, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former World Bank chief James Wolfensohn and Henry Kissenger, were included in the ad. Visit to view an actual PDF of the ad. Text of the ad: The United States of America remains the land of immigrants. Andre Carnegie, who founded Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1911, was an immigrant from Scotland. We at Carnegie Corporation salute his legacy, along with the contributions of the millions of other immigrants who have made, and continue to make, our nation strong and vibrant. We are committed to helping immigrants become integrated into the civic fabric of our nation because enlightened citizenship is the everlasting strength of our democracy. Our national motto, E pluribus unum - "out of many, one" - continues to be an ideal we can all aspire to and a true guiding light for our nation.