Michael Maggio was one of the founders of Immigrants’ List and a nationally recognized immigration lawyer. Justice, the rule of law, legal activism, and respect for human rights were the core principles of Michael’s legal philosophy. During his 30-year career, he fought for fairness and equal protection under the law. While involved in many high-profile cases, it was from representing everyday people that he sustained his drive and commitment to furthering justice for those seeking a better life. “Immigrants are the best thing about this country,” he often said. “They are the risk takers, the essence of free enterprise.” Michael died in February 2008.
Established in 2008 to honor Michael’s memory, the Immigrants’ List Michael Maggio Award is conferred annually to members of Congress who evidence, by words or deeds, a firm commitment to advancing the interests of immigrants in the United States. This year we were truly excited to have Patrick Leahy and Margaret Stock join us as this year's honoree and special guest (see both the Senator and Margaret's remarks on the video below!). Thank you to all who supported and joined us this year, making this event a great success. We are truly appreciative of your continued support -- and for helping to continue the fight for reform! -- during this election cycle.
Senator Patrick Leahy
A native of Vermont, Senator Pat Leahy has been serving his constituents in the U.S. Senate for 42 years. Senator Leahy serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Leahy has fought for immigrant rights from a humanitarian standpoint throughout his career. He has worked to expand work visa programs to include agricultural work, and actively fights for refugee rights and protections. This is especially apparent in his work to unite immigrant families. Senator Leahy has worked to end family detention centers and to protect same-sex partners who immigrate to the U.S. with the same rights as married opposite-sex families. Senator Leahy is currently seeking reelection to his seat, where he will continue to serve the people of Vermont and improve our country’s policies on defense, healthcare, education, agriculture, foreign policy, and the environment in addition to fighting for reform.
Margaret Stock joined immigration law firm Cascadia Cross-Border Law in 2013. Stock is known as an expert on immigration, with a focus on immigration and the military, developing programs to aid non-citizens serving in the armed forces. She created a program to allow the U.S. military to recruit eligible immigrants to enlist, and in 2015 this program, Mavni, was launched. This effort was designed to provide a fast track to citizenship for those who fulfill their active duty requirements, allowing families to remain together and for immigrants to utilize their language and training skills to benefit military programs. Currently, Stock is running for U.S. Senate as an independent from the state of Alaska. Her platform focuses on finding solutions to our country’s biggest problems in a non-partisan way.