[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 110 (Thursday, June 6, 2024)]

[Presidential Documents]

[Pages 48255-48256]

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[FR Doc No: 2024-12540]

Presidential Documents

Federal Register / Vol. 89 , No. 110 / Thursday, June 6, 2024 /

Presidential Documents

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Title 3--

The President

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Proclamation 10772 of May 31, 2024

Immigrant Heritage Month, 2024

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

America is the only country in the world with a heart

and soul that draws from old and new. We are home to

people whose ancestors have been here for thousands of

years and home to people from every place on Earth.

Some people came freely, some came chained by force,

some came when famine struck or to flee persecution,

and some came to chase dreams that are only possible

here in America. We all come from somewhere, but we are

all Americans. This month, we honor the contributions

and celebrate the remarkable courage of our Nation's

immigrants, whose hopes and dreams helped found this

country and continue to push us forward today.

My own family came to America in the mid-1800s, when

famine struck their homeland in Ireland. The Finnegans

of County Louth and the Blewitts of County Mayo

traveled across an ocean, landing on America's shores

with an unbending belief in the possibilities our

Nation had to offer. Vice President Kamala Harris'

parents emigrated from India and Jamaica to pursue

their education in medicine and economics. So many

Americans share a similar story--their families leaving

everything behind to pursue the American Dream and

working tirelessly to build good lives for themselves

and good futures for their families.

Immigrants keep our economy strong and help drive the

success of our Nation. They ensure our safety as first

responders and military service members; they maintain

the health of our communities as doctors and nurses;

they are there for our family members and children as

educators and care workers; they feed and fuel our

population as more than half of the Nation's

farmworkers; they are one in five of our business

owners; and they are leaders in technology,

philanthropy, and media. All told, they contribute

hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes each year and

create millions of jobs. The ingenuity, grit, and

perseverance of immigrants are driving forces in every

aspect of American life.

On day one of my Administration, I sent a comprehensive

plan to the Congress to fix our broken immigration

system. It aimed to expand legal pathways of

immigration; provide protections for Dreamers and

others who contribute to this country; and address the

violence, corruption, and instability that leads many

to flee their homes. My Administration has worked

tirelessly to strengthen our legal immigration system

and support those who are here. We have rebuilt the

United States Refugee Admissions Program, which once

again serves as a beacon for displaced persons around

the world. We continue to vigorously defend the

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy,

which has allowed more than 800,000 Dreamers to live

and work in the place they call home, against attacks

in the courts. For the first time ever, we have

extended Affordable Care Act coverage to DACA

recipients. We have also expanded legal pathways for

people from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti and

instituted reunification programs so that families stay

together while they complete the immigration process.

My Administration will continue to do everything we

can, but we need the Congress to take action and

provide funding and resources necessary to secure our

border and reform our immigration system.

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As Americans, we have an obligation to ensure that

everyone feels safe and respected. We must give hate no

safe harbor. But too often, immigrant communities

remain the target of bias and discrimination. That is

why my Administration is fighting against the rise of

all forms of hate. In 2021, I signed the COVID-19 Hate

Crimes Act, making it easier to report hate crimes, and

I also established the White House Initiative on Hate-

Motivated Violence to counter these types of attacks

and foster national unity.

During my trip to Ireland last year, I walked the

streets my ancestors used to walk and looked out at the

ocean they crossed two centuries earlier to reach

America. For hundreds of years, people from around the

world have made the courageous trek to our Nation's

soil. They are drawn to our shores by the American idea

that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated

equally throughout our lives. We have never fully lived

up to that promise, but we have never walked away from

it either. This month--and every month--may we recommit

to keeping lit the torch of liberty that has led

generations of immigrants to America.

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 2024 as

National Immigrant Heritage Month. I call upon the

people of the United States to learn more about the

history of our Nation's diverse and varied immigrant

communities and to observe this month with appropriate

programs and activities that remind us of the values of

diversity, equity, and inclusion.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two

thousand twenty-four, and of the Independence of the

United States of America the two hundred and forty-

eighth.

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