Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Remarks at Naturalization Ceremony in Seattle
Event to be Held at Refugee Women's Alliance in Celebration of Women's Equality Day
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SEATTLE, WA – On Monday, August 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at a naturalization ceremony for approximately 20 candidates for citizenship hosted at the Refugee Women's Alliance in Seattle. Secretary Jewell, who immigrated to the United States with her parents from England as a young girl, will also help to present certificates of citizenship to the candidates, some of whom entered the U.S. as refugees.
The event highlights the Obama Administration's across the board commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform. Secretary Jewell will highlight the economic importance of providing a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.
This month, the White House issued a report, detailing how a range of economic research concludes that immigrants who live and work in the U.S. earn far less than their potential, pay a smaller amount in taxes, and contribute much less to the country's economy than they would, given the opportunity to gain legal status. The report estimates that providing earned citizenship for these workers would boost U.S. GDP by $1.4 trillion over 10 years in additional tax revenue, and add about 2 million jobs to the economy.