Celebrating the new residents of our region, recognizing the work needed to help them
Some of the first people who arrived in what we call America were avoiding religious persecution. Others came to escape famine and conflict. Today, many still come fleeing the violence and oppression in the lands they were born, seeking a better life. Immigrants continue to be part of the rich tapestry that is America and today the Metropolitan King County Council recognized that heritage by declaring June Immigrant Heritage Month in King County.
“Immigrants and refugees make up the fabric of every community in King County,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott. “In June we highlight the incredible value immigrants bring to our region, and we must continue to ensure that our county remains a safe and welcoming place for all residents, no matter their place of birth, in the months and years ahead.”
Of the 2-million residents of King County, over 1-in-5 were born outside of the United States and are part of a fabric that includes 170 languages being spoken in the County.
The Council was joined by representatives from the King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, the Refugee Women’s Alliance, Coalition of immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color, the Chinese Information and Service Center and others for today’s recognition.
Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates the diversity that is part of the past and current generations that arrived in America, recognizing the common challenges that all newcomers face and acknowledging the county’s commitment to aiding and welcoming the newest residents of our region.
| Representatives from the King County Immigrant
and Refugee Task Force,
the Refugee Women’s Alliance, Coalition of immigrants,
Refugees and Communities of Color, the Chinese Information
and Service Center join Councilmembers after the Council
proclaimed June Immigrant Heritage Month in King County
WHEREAS, generations of immigrants from every corner of the globe helped to build and continue to contribute to America’s unique cultural and economic character; and
WHEREAS, diversity is the lifeblood of our nation – the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation that power our economy and improve our way of life flow from our multicultural and inclusive nature; and
WHEREAS, immigrants and their descendants have been tireless leaders in the ongoing struggles for social justice and civil rights, fighting for the rights of all Americans; and
WHEREAS, immigrants and refugees account for more than half of King County’s growth over the past two decades; and
WHEREAS, more than one in five of King County’s over two million residents were born outside of the United States and speak over 170 different languages; and
WHEREAS, despite these remarkable contributions to our communities, immigrants are too often overlooked and undervalued in our society; and
WHEREAS, the County has taken specific steps in recent years to respectfully integrate and to bring down the barriers that immigrants face in accessing opportunities; and
WHEREAS, King County continues to reaffirm its status this year as a Welcoming County for new Americans and all who call our county home;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, proclaim June 2017 as
|IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH|
in King County and call on all county residents to celebrate King County’s rich diversity and share our collective stories.
DATED this twelfth day of June, 2017.