The 4th of July might be Americans' favorite holiday, as we celebrate our cherished independence from the British in 1776, watch parades on Main Street, wave American flags, and enjoy firework displays. For immigrants families and communities, celebrating the 4th of July is about celebrating the promise of America, including getting a fair shot at realizing the American dream. From the foundation of this great nation, immigrants have contributed to the rich social fabric that makes this country a city on a hill and a beacon for those who seek freedom.
Each night, I hold my daughters close, grateful that this country opened its doors to my great-grandparents facing anti-semitism in Poland and pogroms in Russia and my great-great-grandparents who escaped dire poverty in Germany and Wales. Each of my relatives came to America for a better life and their bravery enabled me to raise my children safely and in prosperity in this country.
Today I reflect on my role as an American, to lend a hand to my neighbor in need, to stand up for what's right, and to make positive change in my community. We marched for detained children and families last weekend because due process is the American way. I wish you and your family a safe 4th of July. May it be a time to reflect on all that we have and to ask what we can do to help others through service in our community.