2017 Immigrant Heritage Month

6/1/2017

WHEREAS, America is a nation founded and built by immigrants; and

WHEREAS, the entrepreneurial drive and spirit of our country is fueled by the unique origins of Americans; and

WHEREAS, immigrants are an important part of Virginia’s history, and continue to keep our workforce competitive, our businesses innovative, and our economy strong; and

WHEREAS, immigrants comprise more than 15 percent of the Commonwealth’s workforce; and

WHEREAS, the top five countries of birth for the current foreign-born population of Virginia include El Salvador, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Korea; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s immigrant population adds to the variety of languages, customs, and cuisines, which contributes to the cultural diversity enjoyed in the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2017, as IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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