If only all the collaborations between ICE and immigrants would be so good...
New US citizen redesigns Fla. immigration offices
By JENNIFER KAY
The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 2, 2008; 1:15 PM
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- ...A citizen since last summer, [Rodolfo] Acevedo is drawing on his experiences to design five new offices for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that feature more light and space, playrooms for the kids and a prominent image of the Statue of Liberty's welcoming face.
The centers are due to open later this year in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, part of a national remodeling of immigration offices that the agency acknowledged in a news release are often "overcrowded, inefficient and located in areas that did not serve the immigration community."
...Acevedo, 47, had been an architect in his home country but could only find work a busboy when he arrived in Florida in 1990. The restaurant's owner encouraged him to bring his portfolio to network with architects who came in for lunch. One eventually hired Acevedo to help out in his office, and Acevedo is now a partner in that firm, Boca Raton-based JMWA Architects.
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