Immigrant Heritage Month has only been commemorated for the past three years, but in these tense political times, it’s crucial that we recognize all immigrants and celebrate our cultures.
Here are some incredible stories that we’ve seen on social media. But first, let us blow your mind with some insane statistics about the beautiful people that make up this country.
According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population.
In 2015, 11.1 million immigrants age 25 or older had a college degree or higher.
— Aline Barros ? (@AlineBarros2) June 1, 2017
Migration Information Source states that the number of immigrants with higher education has grown at more than twice the rate of the same population among the U.S. born.
Library of Congress data says that as many as 4.5 million Irish arrived in the United States between 1820 and 1930.
#ImmigrantHeritageMonth I will honor my great grandparents that came here from Ireland.
They came here so I could be where I am now. pic.twitter.com/NvqEBOB2Z6
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) June 1, 2017
According to a 2015 Census report, 32.7 million or 10.2% of the U.S. population are Irish descendants. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself (4.6 million).
Pew Research reports that 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012.
— Norma Garcia-Lopez (@NormaGLpz) June 1, 2017
Pew also states that Mexicans are by far “the largest Hispanic-origin population in the U.S., accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012.”
Between 1933 and 1945, 200,000 Jewish reguees arrived to the U.S.
— Royce B. Murray (@roycebmurray) June 1, 2017
Pew Research reports that between the 1950s and 1960s, roughly 3% to 4% of American adults said their religion was Jewish. That number today has grown considerably.
In 2012, there were 10 million Latinos and 11.6 million non-Hispanic whites living in Texas.
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That’s 38.2% and 44.4%, of the state’s 26.1 million residents! Including the most famous Texan ever… Selena, of course!
According to the Center for American Progress, as of 2016, 741,546 undocumented young people benefited from an education because they were beneficiaries of DACA.
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The Center for American Progress states that 95% of survey respondents are currently employed or enrolled in school.
Between 1870 and 1900, more than 2 million Germans immigrated to the U.S.
Our first German immigrant this #ImmigrantHeritageMonth is Carl Laemmle. A film producer and founder of Universal Studios, he immigrated to America in 1884 and became a naturalized citizen in 1889 ???? . . . . #GermanHeritage #IHM2017 #GermanAmerican #IStandWithImmigrants #IAmAnImmigrant
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But nowadays — even though they are responsible for Christmas trees, Easter bunnies, hot dogs and many other aspects of American culture — their presence is hardly noticed.
In 2016, 752,800 people became naturalized citizens.
Sending love to my momma on #ImmigrantHeritageMonth! You are so strong and I love you so much! I know you've gone through so much but I am grateful for you and your journey. Here she is when she became an official U.S. citizen!
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As you can see, there are so many immigrants that came to the U.S. in different ways, and they all have their own unique story that contributed to the fabric of our country. But the most beautiful thing is that the country is our home.
Let us know about your immigrant history by sharing this story and commenting below!