STATEWIDE — On Thursday, June 17, Governor Ralph Northam declared June to be Immigrant Heritage Month in Virginia.
During the 2020 General Assembly session, Gov. Northam signed legislation creating the Office of New Americans and establishing the Office of New Americans Advisory Board in Virginia. The purpose of these are to advise the Governor, cabinet members, as well as the Virginia General Assembly on how to improve statewide policies and programs in order to support the economic, linguistic, and civic integration of new Americans throughout the Commonwealth.
On Thursday, June 17, Gov. Northam declared the month for Immigrant Heritage through a video and a released statement. To watch the video, click here.
“Our great nation was built upon the determination, talents, and ingenuity of the immigrants who came before us,” said Eric Lin, Chair of the Office of New Americans Advisory Board. “This holds true today, as our immigrant communities come and seek the American dream. I applaud Governor Northam for his understanding and uplifting of the valuable potential and contributions that our immigrant communities bring to the Commonwealth.”
Governor Northam also wrote a letter to President Biden, urging him to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented essential workers in the next federal relief package. This could potentially change the legal status of approximately 140,000 people currently living in Virginia.