Welcome to the hundreds of new advocates who have joined the movement to change the conversation about immigrants in recent weeks. To those who have been advocating with us for the past few years, welcome to our new immigration newsletter!
In the past few months, as we have shared the Immigrants Are a Blessing Not a Burden campaign throughout the United States, we have seen firsthand how the words we use and attitudes we have can either give people a sense of belonging and inclusion or make them feel disconnected or excluded. We have met hundreds of people affected by our broken immigration system, and we have been blown away by the response to this campaign. We are committed to actively spreading the Blessing Not Burden message and changing the conversation about immigrants because immigrants who are a part of this campaign believe that sharing the truth about immigrants is critical for real change.
A seminary student was moved to tears when she heard the blessing not burden message because no one had ever told her that she was a blessing. Until that Blessing Not Burden community gathering, no one had actually spoken words that recognized her contributions as an immigrant and made her feel that she belongs. Imagine both the policy and personal impact we could bring if we all boldly shared this message. Millions of families in this country do not have legal status because of these perpetuated myths. Together we can work toward changing the conversation and advocating for immigration policies that reflect the truth that immigrants are a blessing, not a burden.