California: Governor Newsom proclaims Immigrant Heritage Month 2024
The Californer/10283343

~ SACRAMENTO - In a proclamation issued today, Governor Gavin Newsom declared June 2024 as "Immigrant Heritage Month" in the State of California. This annual celebration honors and recognizes the significant contributions of immigrants and their descendants to the state's history, progress, and future.

The proclamation highlights California's rich diversity, with many residents tracing their heritage to other nations. It also acknowledges that half of the state's children have at least one immigrant parent, emphasizing the integral role that immigrant communities play in shaping and powering California and the nation.

Governor Newsom emphasized that California's strength lies in its diversity, which has been a crucial factor in the state's economic growth and global competitiveness. Immigrants make up one-third of California's workforce and account for 38.9% of entrepreneurs. In 2021 alone, immigrant households contributed $46.5 billion in state and local taxes.

The proclamation also recognizes the contributions of Dreamers - young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children - who have been able to work, pursue education, and contribute to their communities through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Governor Newsom called on Congress to provide a meaningful pathway to citizenship for Dreamers as DACA continues to face attacks.

More on The Californer
California has been a leader in promoting equity and inclusion for immigrants, working towards mitigating harms caused by an outdated federal immigration system. The state also supports a safe and vibrant border while promoting economic well-being and immigrant talent.

Governor Newsom urged Congress to take action to meet the needs of California's immigrant families and industries across the state, from Silicon Valley to the Central Valley.

In his proclamation, Governor Newsom stated that immigrant communities are an essential part of California's past, present, and future. He called on all Californians to celebrate this month by recognizing how our state is enriched by people from diverse backgrounds and recommitting ourselves to ensuring equal opportunities for all to thrive for generations to come.

The proclamation was signed by Governor Newsom and attested by Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. It serves as a reminder of California's commitment to honoring and celebrating the contributions of immigrants and their descendants, who continue to shape the state's identity and progress.

Filed Under: Government, State

Show All News | Report Violation


Latest on The Californer