June is the evidently the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, and in honor of occasion Congressman Raul Grijalva wants personal stories of immigrants who live and work in the third congressional district. Residents of the 3rd district should email their stories to Cassandra.Becerra@mail.house.gov with "My Story" in the subject line. The stories can be submitted in an essay or video format—their own story, or that of family or friends.
The winner will be announced in July and featured on the congressman's website and through social media.
From the congressman's office:
“Immigrants are the foundation of our great nation. Throughout our history, immigrants have come to America seeking new opportunities, safety, brighter futures, and better lives,” said Grijalva. “And in exchange for these opportunities, they’ve contributed so much. Immigrants are our neighbors. They teach our children, cure and care for our sick, run our local businesses, and serve our communities in so many ways. In their efforts to give back to the country that took them in, all of them have made a mark and left a legacy.”
“We now give these well-deserving people a chance to tell their stories; to share with us tales about their bravery, pain, hope, sadness, faith, and the fear and doubts that ran through their minds when they left a place they lived in, so that they might find a home. I’m proud to help tell these stories.”
This new initiative is being spearheaded by the group Welcome.Us, which plans to partner with businesses, media outlets, civic organizations, athletes, faith leaders and political leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.