WASHINGTON, D.C. – June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a month to celebrate and honor the role immigrants have played in shaping American history. Similar to last year, Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) continued to sponsor and celebrate this nation-wide initiative at the White House and Capitol Hill.
Organized by Welcome.us, this month’s celebration of diversity began with a reception at the U.S. Senate where Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Judy Chu highlighted their immigrant heritage and the significant contributions that immigrant communities have made to this nation.
As one of the sponsors of the Immigrant Heritage Month and first generation immigrant, THO’s Executive Vice President Ali Cinar delivered a welcome speech at the reception. As a long-time community leader, Cinar spoke about his own observations of immigrant communities and their drive, dedication to build and strengthen America. Cinar also indicated that the Immigrant Heritage Month activities were uniting the community at a time when it is really needed.
As part of the Immigrant Heritage Month, White House Office of Public Engagement hosted community leaders and organization representatives at the Eisenhower Executive Building, where White House officials briefed attendees on a variety of policy issues and initiatives that interest immigrant communities. David Simas, Assistant to the President and Director of Political Strategy and Outreach, delivered a powerful welcome speech that highlighted his immigrant roots along with an anecdote that emphasized the importance President Obama puts on immigrant communities.
THO will continue to recognize and promote Immigration Heritage Month, along with World Refugee Day, which is on Monday, June 20th, throughout June with publications on Syrian refugees, facts and figures.
For more information on White House Immigrant Heritage Month related policy initiatives and programs please see the following: