Washington, DC – As America celebrates its 233 birthday, we are reminded of the many contributions immigrants have made to America throughout our great history. Nowhere will this be more celebrated than in the 50 naturalization ceremonies taking place around the nation this weekend where 6,000 immigrants will become Americans at venues like Disneyworld and George Washinton’s Mount Vernon. Five hundred of those about to pledge their allegiance to America are already defending our nation on a daily basis as members of the armed services. They will take part in naturalization ceremonies in Baghdad, Norfolk, Camp Lejeune, and Nellis Air Force Base.
As USA Today’s editorial board reminds us this Independence Day, new Americans “symbolize what’s right with America, a nation of immigrants that was built by opening its doors…America remains the envy of much of the world and a magnet for millions who come seeking opportunity they can’t find elsewhere.”
In honor of the Fourth of July, the IPC has compiled a new fact sheet on immigrant contributions to our economy and society, as well as a collection of some of our favorite resources that tell the compelling story of America’s immigrants.
Immigration Policy Center: Strength in Diversity: The Economic and Political Clout of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians
Ellis Island: The Immigrant Experience
The National Immigration Forum: The Journey
The American Immigration Law Foundation: Becoming American