Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln
Sounds good, right? A nation of immigrants with its core values rooted in Lockean thought – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all men who choose to live in this great nation.
However, these famed pillars of society have not always been given to all men (and women) who have journeyed willingly or unwillingly to this nation.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) reported that the U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million. For you mathematicians at home, that’s 13.3 percent of the total U.S. population (318.9 million). From that statistic, we see representation from nations such as India, China, the Philippines, Mexico and many more.
Now, unless you’re native American, you’ve either immigrated here on your own, or somewhere down the line your ancestors did it for you.
It is too often that we forget this fact and the month of June is a reminder to remember just that – we are a nation of immigrants comprised of beautiful cultural heritage, language and dress. Take a time during this month to learn more about the #IAmAnImmigrant movement, read stories from those who have immigrated to the United States or see what this country would be without inventions created by immigrants.
As President Obama said in one of his weekly addresses:
“One of the remarkable things about America is that nearly all of our families originally came from someplace else. We’re a nation of immigrants. It is a source of our strength and something we can all take pride in.”
As we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month for the second year ever, let’s all continue to take pride in our diverse nation and strive towards a more culturally inclusive society.
Happy Immigrant Heritage Month
Photo Credit: Armando Minjarez