Happy Immigrant Heritage Month to all U.S. immigrants!
This national month aspires to give U.S. immigrants the ability to celebrate their background, culture, and heritage. It also brings attention to how immigrants are intertwined in the fabric of this nation with immigrants making up 14% of the U.S. population in 2021.
But this is not an ordinary Immigrant Heritage Month as the COVID-19 pandemic has irrefutably been hard hitting for immigrants. As said by President Biden in his A Proclamation on National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021, “We recognize all of the workers, many of whom are immigrants, who have contributed to the food security, health, and safety of all Americans during this challenging year — and every year. And we honor the sacrifices made by immigrants who serve on the front lines of the pandemic as health care providers, first responders, teachers, grocers, farm workers, and other essential workers. It was these same immigrant families and communities of color who were disproportionately struck by the virus.”
To all immigrant readers, you have added value and culture to American society. This month we celebrate you and all you’ve done to make this country what it is. As stated by the President of the United States, “America is, always has been, and always will be a Nation of immigrants.”
We've compiled some additional resources that highlight and celebrate immigrant stories: I Am An Immigrant/I Stand With Immigrants, Human Rights Campaign, Immigrant Stories, The Immigrant Story, Destination America.
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