Similarities unite us, diversity strengthens us, and justice calls us to act for a better world. Add your name if you believe: Immigrants Matter. Refugees Matter. Black Lives Matter. Muslims Matter. Because #WeAreBetterTogether #WeAreStrongerTogether #NoBanNoWall
The United States of America has been a beacon of diversity and inclusion for many years now; it was founded on the values of freedom, diversity, and equity that we continue to strive for. Our nation is unique in that you can find the entire world from "sea to shining sea." The integrity and stability of our nation are thanks to the trials and tribulations of immigrants who hail from many nations, races, and religions across the globe who now make up an integral part of our American fabric:
- The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent, of the total U.S. population of 318.9 million (American Communities Survey; Migration Policy Institute, 2014: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states)
- George Borjas, a leading immigration economist, estimates that the presence of immigrant workers (legal and undocumented) in the labor market makes the U.S. economy (GDP) an estimated 11 percent larger ($1.6 trillion) each year. (Center for Immigration Studies, 2013)
- Even with such levels of impact, hate crimes reported against a variety of communities right after the 2016 election reached over 700 incidents, aimed at attacking immigrants, the African American community, the LGBTQ community, the Jewish community, and many others. (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/11/18/update-incidents-hateful-harassment-election-day-now-number-701) Some levels of discrimination and attacks against the Muslim community, for instance, have reached levels going back to thE September 11th attacks (Public Radio International, 2016: https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-09-12/data-hate-crimes-against-muslims-increased-after-911)
We share a future together as a country and it is up to us to work together and make it great. Our time to stand together is more important than ever before and we need YOU to tell your leaders in city councils, assemblies, senates, all the way up to the President of the United States that we stand together, across our differences, united as a nation for all... E pluribus unum.