[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 107 (Monday, June 7, 2021)]

[Presidential Documents]

[Pages 30141-30142]

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

[FR Doc No: 2021-11978]

Presidential Documents

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 107 / Monday, June 7, 2021 /

Presidential Documents

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Proclamation 10225 of June 1, 2021

National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

America is, always has been, and always will be a

Nation of immigrants. It was the premise of our

founding; it is reflected in our Constitution; it is

etched upon the Statue of Liberty--that ``from her

beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome.'' During National

Immigrant Heritage Month, we reaffirm and draw strength

from that enduring identity and celebrate the history

and achievements of immigrant communities across our

Nation.

Across each generation throughout our history, wave

after wave of immigrants have enriched our Nation and

made us better, stronger, more innovative, and more

prosperous. The American story includes the story of

courageous families who ventured here--be it centuries

ago, or just this year--from every part of the world to

seek new possibilities and help to forge our Nation. In

every era, immigrant innovators, workers,

entrepreneurs, and community leaders have fortified and

defended us, fed us and cared for us, advanced the

limits of our thinking, and broken new ground.

After an especially difficult period marked by both the

COVID-19 pandemic and the all-too-frequent demonization

of immigrants, it is vital that our Nation reflect on

the leadership, resilience, and courage shown by

generations of immigrant communities, and recommit

ourselves to our values as a welcoming Nation. We

recognize all of the workers, many of whom are

immigrants, who have contributed to the food security,

health, and safety of all Americans during this

challenging year--and every year. And we honor the

sacrifices made by immigrants who serve on the front

lines of the pandemic as health care providers, first

responders, teachers, grocers, farm workers, and other

essential workers. It was these same immigrant families

and communities of color who were disproportionately

struck by the virus. In honor of those we've lost, let

us dedicate ourselves as a Nation to protecting one

another and doing our part to put an end to this

pandemic for good.

The promise of our Nation is that every American has a

fair shot and an equal chance to get ahead, yet

systemic racism and persistent barriers have denied

this promise to far too many immigrants throughout our

history and today. I have placed equity at the center

of my Administration's agenda. From day one, I promised

that my Administration would reflect the full diversity

of our Nation--and today, nearly one-third of my

Administration's 1,500 political appointees are

naturalized U.S. citizens or children of immigrants.

I have directed Federal agencies to rebuild trust in

our immigration system that has been lost, to reach out

to underserved communities unable to access the

opportunities our Nation offers them, to offer again a

welcoming humanitarian hand to the persecuted and

oppressed, and to reduce barriers to achieving

citizenship and equality.

I am honored to serve alongside Vice President Harris,

the first daughter of immigrants to hold the Office of

the Vice President, and to work with so many dedicated

public servants who are immigrants--and who carry with

them every day the legacies of their families'

sacrifice and resilience.

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Despite the progress our Nation has made since our

founding, there is more work to be done to extend the

full promise of America to all our people. Nearly 11

million people in this country are undocumented--and it

is time that the Congress acts by passing the U.S.

Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform plan

that I introduced on day one of my Presidency. My plan

would provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency

and citizenship for these undocumented immigrants,

including Dreamers, individuals with Temporary

Protected Status, farm workers, and other essential

workers who contribute to our Nation every day.

Vice President Harris and I affirm that immigrants

historically have made and continue to make our Nation

stronger. I urge my fellow Americans to join us this

month in celebrating immigrant heritage, stories, and

cultures.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of

the United States of America, by virtue of the

authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws

of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as

National Immigrant Heritage Month. I call upon the

people of the United States to learn more about the

history of immigrant communities throughout the

generations following our Nation's founding, and to

observe this month with appropriate programming and

activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand

twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United

States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

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[FR Doc. 2021-11978

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