President's Day: Remembering The Immigrant Past Of American Presidents (SLIDESHOW)

02/20/2012 01:59 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2012

This year, President’s Day celebration is filled with irony.

We celebrate the nation's leaders at a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric, harsh anti-immigration laws and record high deportation numbers, put the fundamental idea of America as a melting pot and as a nation built on waves of immigrant energy to the test.

To honor the presidents of our country, we must inevitably celebrate immigration and commemorate the fact that they, too, have an immigrant past. Some of this country's most important and influential people are first and second generation Americans, born into families who's ancestry reaches back to other nationalities.

We've created this list to celebrate the immigrant past of our nation's leaders. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

LEARN ABOUT THE IMMIGRANT PAST OF SOME U.S. PRESIDENTS:

U.S. Presidents' Immigrant Histories

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