In the United States the month of June is Immigrant Heritage Month. To celebrate this month, the non-profit organization, welcome.us teemed with some celebrities for the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign.
The first video to boost the campaign was posted on June 1. The video featured the likes of award-winning Lupita Nyong’o, Akon, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alan Cumming, Rosario Dawson, Bobby Cannavale, Tom Colicchio, Miguel, Rosie Perez, Junot Diaz, Roselyn Sanchez and Guillermo Diaz.
The video shows many of these celebrities bringing to mind that nearly all Americans descended from immigrants through the personal account of their own immigration experience.
The ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign seeks to “encourage all of us to explore our individual heritage and recognize our distinct and shared experiences,” and recognizes that “we all have our piece in the American story, whether as a new immigrant, native to this land, a descendant of slavery or those who came to our nation seeking a better life.”
Welcome.us is also encouraging others to share their immigrant stories through the site and on social media using the hashtags #ImmigrantHeritageMonth and #IHM2016.
This campaign is coming at a time when the attitude towards immigrants is more negative than positive. Donald Trump, a United States presidential aspirant has also made remarks concerning immigrants that are short of xenophobic and racist.
“As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants,
“This must be stopped and it must be stopped now,” he said adding that America will only open its borders to legal immigrants if elected as president.
This sentiment towards immigrants is one that is not only common in the United States but other parts of the world.