WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) has joined all Americans in celebration of U.S. Immigrant Heritage Month, honoring the role immigrants have played in shaping American history. Across the country the annual celebration of Immigrants is being marked by events highlighting the nation’s great diversity including two events sponsored by the THO at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

“As a Turkish-American, I understand firsthand what it means to be an immigrant in the United States,” said Halil Danismaz, President of the THO. “Immigrants have shaped America’s history and are critical to the continued prosperity of the United States. We are honored to celebrate all immigrants this month.”

This month’s celebration of diversity and immigrant stories began on Monday, June 1 with a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The event included remarks by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) who emphasized that we have always been a nation of immigrants and that American success is a result of our nation’s set of diverse experiences and backgrounds. The event was sponsored by Welcome.US along with THO, and several other nonpartisan ethnic organizations.

On Tuesday, June 2THO attended Ethnic Day hosted by the White House at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The event included remarks by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, who discussed the importance of immigration reform and foreign policy issues. Celeste Wallander, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Russia and Central Asia on the National Security Council, also spoke specifically about Turkey and how the country has been a good ally for the United States and helpful in the fight against ISIS. THO was one of the sponsors of the lunch following this event.