Immigrant Families Are Sharing Their Stories Using #CelebrateImmigrants

This month is Immigrant Heritage Month.

June isn't just Pride Month. It's also Immigrant Heritage Month. It's an important occasion as 43.7 million immigrants resided in the United States in 2016, which accounts for 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population. What's more, everyone in this country, save for those who are Native American, is a descendant of an immigrant. 

To put a spotlight on all of the people who make up this country, I Am An Immigrant is encouraging people to share their immigration stories using the #CelebrateImmigrants hashtag. Twitter and Instagram users — along with celebrities such as Bellamy Young, Javier Muñoz, and Paola Mendoza — are getting involved.

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It might only be June 1, but people are already sharing their family stories online. Each are unique, but themes of sacrifice, determination, dreams, and perseverance, are common to most. 

Such stories are so important to share especially during this particularly harsh political environment where DACA immigrants have had to worry about their status, and stereotypes have been perpetuated by the president. These stories show us why it's worth celebrating our differences and remembering that our varied backgrounds are exactly what makes this country great. 

Take a look at just a few of the stories that have been shared so far:

Watch the video below to see more from I Am An Immigrant's campaign for Immigrant Heritage Month:

(H/T: Buzzfeed)

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