Launched by President Obama in 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month is celebrating it’s third anniversary by teaming up with more than 50 high-profile artists and entertainers to reclaim the word immigrant and encourage others to do the same.
The annual Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM) is dedicated to those who have contributed to the United States’ communities, economy and its vibrant diversity.
One of the remarkable things about America is that nearly all of our families originally came from someplace else. Immigration is part of the DNA of this great nation. It’s a source of our strength and something we all can take pride in. That’s why during Immigrant Heritage Month, we are encouraging you to share your American story.
In recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month, the White House shared a touching blog post from White staffer House Zaid Hassan sharing his personal story of becoming a U.S. citizen.
The White House will be posting a blog series throughout the month of June that highlights the stories of Administration officials and everyday Americans with immigrant roots.
The first week of IHM included messages and social media activity from White House officials Cecilia Muñoz, Valerie Jarrett and many celebrities and thought leaders, including celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Toni Braxton, and Wu-Tang to name a few.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook and founder of FWD.us, which supports Welcome.us said, “We are a nation of immigrants, and I hope we have the wisdom to understand that the best path forward is always to bring people together, not divide them. Immigrant Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate this shared heritage.”
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto kicked off Immigrant Heritage Month with the first-ever naturalization ceremony in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers, in partnership with City Council President Bruce Kraus and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez.
You can visit WhiteHouse.gov/NewAmericans and share how you or your family made it to America whether you’re an immigrant yourself or your great-great-grandparents were.
Hollywood is also celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month, ImmigrantBiz.org, #IAmAnImmigrant