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Connecticut immigrants to be honoured at Capitol ceremony

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 4:00 AM

CONNECTICUT (AP):

Several Jamaicans are among a number of immigrants to be honoured for their contri-butions to the state of Connecticut at a state Capitol ceremony today.

The Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition is hosting its 19th annual Immigrant Day Ceremony. This year, 12 immi-grants who live in Connecticut and hail originally from 12 different countries are being honoured for their contributions to their community and to their professions.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who is scheduled to participate in the event, said, "our strength as a democracy comes from our diversity" and the fact people from anywhere in the world can succeed in the United States. Merrill's office co-sponsors the annual event.

This year's honorees were born in diverse countries, including Cuba, Ukraine, Nigeria, Iran, Brazil, Ireland, Pakistan, Vietnam, Romania, Jamaica and Poland.