Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom Monday issued a proclamation declaring June, 2019, as “Immigrant Heritage Month” in the State of California.
The ties that bind immigrant families to California are part of the fabric of our state. During Immigrant Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate the many and varied contributions of immigrants – our friends and family members, our teachers and first responders, our doctors and service members – who came to this country to work hard and give a better life to their children.
California understands and benefits from the contributions of immigrants more than most. Our economy, our universities and our communities are stronger and more vibrant because of the 11 million immigrants who call California home – about a quarter of all foreign-born people nationwide. Moreover, half of all children in California have at least one immigrant parent.
Immigrant Heritage Month is also a time to remember that nearly all of us can trace our heritage to another nation. We must never forget that we are here because our ancestors boldly chose to believe in the promise of this place. As we honor the courage and bravery that it took for our ancestors to start life anew, let us strive to see those same qualities in those who make the same journeys today.
While some would deny the contributions of immigrants, California will always stand up for our newest Americans and support those who are beginning their next chapter in America. During Immigrant Heritage Month and every month, let us continue to recognize and celebrate the immigrants of the past, present and future, as we live out the meaning of “e pluribus unum” – out of many, one.
NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as “Immigrant Heritage Month.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 3rd day of June 2019.
Governor of California
Secretary of State