REP. ANDREWS REINTRODUCES KOREAN IMMIGRATION COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT
On Wednesday, April 20, 2005, I had the distinct pleasure of introducing H.R. 1717, the Korean Immigration Commemorative Coin Act. This bill revitalizes my original efforts in the 108th Congress to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean immigration into the United States. This commemorative coin will serve as a symbol of our appreciation for the significant contributions made by Korean Americans to our great nation.
Since the first voyage in 1903, approximately 1,000,000 Koreans have immigrated to the United States. As a result of this immigration, Korean Americans have continued to contribute to the nation over the years through their honorable and dedicated service to our military, through their contributions to our businesses and economy and most importantly, through their valuable commitment to our communities by way of their strongly family unity bonds.
To pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean immigration into the United States, I believe it is fitting for the Secretary of the Treasury to honor and recognize the contributions of our Korean Americans. In great appreciation for these contributions, I will continue to encourage my colleagues in Congress to co-sponsor this bill to support the production of this commemorative coin.