At a time when the issue of immigration is dominating national and international headlines, the Metropolitan King County Council and Executive Dow Constantine have declared the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month. The declaration occurred earlier on Monday, June 27, following a celebration of King County’s rich diversity and immigrant stories of families, individuals, businesses, and communities.
This is the first year that King County joins municipalities across the country to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and recognize generations of immigrants that build our country and region’s cultural and economic character.
“Immigrants and refugees make up the very fabric of our nation. I’m proud of the work King County has done to respectfully integrate and eliminate some of barriers these individuals face in accessing opportunities, but there is much work to be done,” said King County Chair Joe McDermott. “Immigrant Heritage Month serves as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the fight for equity.”