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Mark Keam (left) is sworn in as a freshman delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 in Richmond, Va. Keam was the first Asian-American immigrant elected to the Virginia Legislature. Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Bolivian Immigrant Learns To Fix Most Things By Reading Library Books

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Devout Muslim Preaches His Love For America

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Va. Delegate Keam Is Grateful For Changes To 1965 Immigration Act

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President Lyndon B. Johnson giving Rep. Michael Feighan the famous "Johnson treatment" --€” using his imposing physical presence to persuade --€” aboard Air Force One during a presidential trip to Cleveland in 1964. LBJ put heavy pressure on Feighan to support the new immigration legislation. Feighan eventually agreed,€” but he demanded a crucial change to the act. Princeton University Library/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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In 1965, A Conservative Tried To Keep America White. His Plan Backfired

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Pope Strikes A Chord With Catholics And Non-Catholics Alike

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Pope Gives Nods To Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day In Speech At Congress

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Pope Francis Canonizes Spanish Missionary Junipero Serra

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Pope Francis' Inclusive Tone Speaks To Hot Button U.S. Political Issues

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Critics: Bishops Lag Behind Pope's Promise To Deal With Abusive Priests

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How The U.S. Is Prepping For The Pope's Big Visit

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The altar where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in Revolution Square in Havana near a government building decorated with the likeness of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The Mass is scheduled for Sept. 20. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Previous Papal Visits Changed Little, But Cubans Hopeful For Pope Francis

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Vietnamese-Americans light candles at St. Helena, a Catholic church in Philadelphia, on April 4. Like many other once-struggling churches, St. Helena has been revitalized by immigrant parishioners. About 200 Vietnamese families worship at this church, along with others from Latin America, the Philippines and Africa. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Built By Immigrants, U.S. Catholic Churches Bolstered By Them Once Again

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Modern Catholics Test The Pope's Infallible Authority

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