June is National Immigrant Heritage Month

June is National Immigrant Heritage Month

I am the wife of an immigrant. My husband came from a town in Mexico called Leon, known for leather shoes. It is located to the northwest of Mexico City. I have been to this beautiful city once with my husband to meet my in-laws; however, it was a short spontaneous trip. Yet, the time I was able to spend there was very nice. My husband is a very hard-working man and a great provider for our family. Being an immigrant can be a challenging yet rewarding opportunity here in the United States.

Since June 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has given people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America.

What month did immigration start?

On January 2, 1892, the Immigration Service opened the U.S.’s best known immigration station on Ellis Island in New York Harbor.

Why celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month?

National Immigrant Heritage Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the cultural, historical, and social contributions of immigrants to American history. The month also acknowledges the importance of immigrants and their children to the future success of the United States. 

Although we do not do anything special to celebrate this month, just the simple recognition of immigrants is a very important aspect to me, because I have many friends who come from all different backgrounds, cultures and countries. I am proud to be a part of their lives and especially proud to be a wife of a hard-working, family-oriented man with whom I have spent the past 13 years and given birth to our only child – who we are both totally in love with.
With our daughter being a Mexican American with a Mexican immigrant father and a caucasian Texas-born mother, we have also incorporated the very unique heritage of the Cajun French culture by being a South Louisiana family. We participate with our daughter in all of her French Immersion culture and activities. Being a multicultural family is the best gift we can afford our daughter.

What is the difference between immigrant and migrant?

Dictionary definitions sometimes distinguish ‘immigrants’ – people who are, or intend to be, settled in their new country – from ‘migrants’ who are temporary residents. However, ‘immigrant’ and ‘migrant’ (as well as ‘foreigner’) are often used interchangeably in public debate and even among research specialists.

Who was the first immigrant?

On January 1, 1892, a fifteen-year old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first of more than twelve million immigrants who would pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station in its sixty-two years of operation.

How to make immigrants feel welcome?

Here are some tips from Immigrant Welcome Centre ::

  • Show your respect, kindness and friendship by learning some common phrases in a newcomer’s language or by offering flowers or vegetables from your garden.
  • Show your willingness to help by being a newcomer’s contact in case they need something – they might not have anyone – or by offering to practice English with them.
  • Share community programs and resource information such as how services like garbage collection, school registration or internet services work.
  • Help them learn the neighborhood and larger community by giving them a tour of the area.
  • Encourage your kids to play with the newcomers which will help both kids learn more about each other’s culture.
  • Improve your understanding of immigrants and their culture by talking to them about the culture and background of their home country and by acknowledging news and events happening in home countries.
  • Share your immigration experience if you are an immigrant.

Being the wife of an immigrant, the mother of a multiracial child, and a friend to many many different backgrounds, I am the first person to help and make a person feel welcome. I hope to make them feel respected and to let them know that I am truly there for them if they need it. So during this month, and for all the months around the year, go one step further – say hello, Hola, or bonjour to an immigrant. If you don’t know the greeting for their language, pull out your phone and Google translate how to say hello. Know that can and will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship or in my case, a beautiful life-long commitment of marriage, children, and a beautiful family.

Kim Negrete
I am a Wife and A 1st Time Mommie@49 years of age, to A Beautiful Miracle Baby Girl. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and Have been in Cajun Country since 2005. Prior to my daughter's birth which gave me my Dream Job as a Stay at Home Mom I was in the hospitality industry and before that the transportation industry. My Husband is From Mexico and is in Construction . We love to do Destination Birthdays at The Beach and Travel to Dallas as often as possible to see MiMi. We Love GOD and Put him 1st in All things we do. We Love to just hang out at home in our backyard and enjoy our Daughter... We are The Negrete's Party of Three😇


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