I read this article and found it compelling. It is only one of the so many stories of the effectiveness of having immigrants coming into our country. But illegal immigrants put a hardship on the local communities, taxpayers, and themselves. They can never live up to their own potential because they have to hide and never draw attention to themselves or their families.

I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. Curtesy of the US Currency Dept. https://www.uscurrency.gov/sites/default/files/downloadable-materials/files/en/hamilton-10-brochure-en.pdf

How important legal immigrants can be!

Alexander Hamilton

Born in the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton was orphaned at a young age. During his adolescence, he gained knowledge about international commerce while working as an accounting clerk for a local businessman. Hamilton moved to America in 1772 to attend King’s College (now Columbia University). Shortly after arriving, he began to speak in favor of American independence at public gatherings and to write revolutionary essays. It was while fighting in the Revolutionary War that he first caught the attention of General George Washington, who made Hamilton a trusted adviser.

Hamilton assisted in the ratification of the Constitution after America gained its independence from England. Alongside John Jay and James Madison, he co-authored the Federalist Papers in the late 1780s. The three men used these essays to defend ratifying the Constitution and to argue that a central government would preserve the Union and act firmly in the interests of the nation.

Impressed with Hamilton’s expertise in economics, George Washington named him the first Secretary of the Treasury. While secretary, Hamilton tackled debt that had accumulated during the Revolutionary War, encouraged commerce and manufacturing, and helped establish the first national bank. His policies laid the foundation for a strong republic.

Alexander Hamilton’s portrait was first engraved on $1,000 notes (Blue Seal) in the 1918 series of banknotes. These notes were not circulated among the public and were only used for large transactions between Federal Reserve Banks.

The portrait of Hamilton currently used for Federal Reserve notes was introduced in the 1928 series $10 note. This portrait is based on a John Trumbull painting displayed in New York City Hall.