June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States. Due to the current political climate, interest in celebrating diversity in the United States has sparked the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign. It honors the individual struggles of our families or ancestors when they immigrated to the United States, and allows Americans to share this common heritage.
I think it is important to tell the world that most Americans do not support the racist comments made during the recent presidential campaigning. I refer everyone to my August 2015 blog entitled “Debunking 5 Myths of U.S. Immigration.”
Part of this celebration is the creation of videos from famous Americans who tell their immigrant stories. Here are some of the stories:
- Jose Hernandez, a Mexican migrant worker, tells the story of how he became motivated to become an astronaut.
- Lupita Nyong’o, Wilmer Valerrama, and Rosario Dawson remind Americans that we are all immigrants.
- Juan Rocha from CNN News tells how he is a proud son of an immigrant.
- Dania Ramirez from the TV show Devious Maids tells her story about coming to the United States at 10 years old.
During the 2016 Immigrant Heritage Month, supporters are encouraged to join the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign in order to explore our individual heritage and recognize our shared experiences by ordering a t-shirt that is sold at cost, take a selfie wearing it, and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtags #ImmigrantHeritageMonth or #IHM2016. I urge everyone to go to these pages and see the photos of all the supporters, including more than 50 celebrities.