Immigrant Heritage Month Proclamation by Fresno City Council
The Fresno City Council presented an Immigrant Heritage Month proclamation during its June 13, 2019 session. The City Council proclaims June 2019 as “Immigrant Heritage Month” in recognition of the “long and rich history of immigrants that have played a vital role in diversifying our community”. Moreover, the proclamation states, “Immigration is built in the foundation of this great nation, it is a source of the strength we hold, and something we should all take pride in”.
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, the lead sponsor of the proclamation, was joined by Councilmember Miguel Arias in the presentation of the document.
The proclamation was awarded to the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) and partner organizations present at the ceremony: Fresno Adult School, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Jakara Movement and Mi Familia Vota.
CVIIC has been a long standing partner of the Immigrant Heritage Month national campaign, an effort designed to call attention to the presence and contributions of immigrant communities throughout the nation. Above all, it is an opportunity to celebrate our immigrant heritage and uphold the national legacy of being a nation of immigrants.
The recognition of the presence and contributions of immigrants is particularly relevant to Fresno and the Central Valley. In the Fresno and nearby counties (Kern, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin) there are an estimated 900,000 immigrants. Moreover, the regional economy is highly depended on immigrant labor. Immigrants have played a decisive role in transforming the Central Valley into the most important agricultural region in the world.
The proclamation by the Fresno City Council is thus a valuable recognition of the various immigrant communities in Fresno.