Jun. 1, 2017 12:55 pm

Celebrate Philly’s 200,000 foreign-born residents this Immigrant Heritage Month

The month-long event series officially kicks off June 5, along with Generocity’s editorial focus on immigration.

A small representation of Philly's diverse populations.

(Photo via Flickr user angela n., used under a Creative Commons License)

Philadelphia is home to 200,000 immigrants — about 13 percent of the city’s overall population.

Our many social services nonprofits have been fairly vocal and active about providing aid to them in recent months. Still, and especially for the city’s 50,000 undocumented immigrants, there is fear about the reported rise of immigrant arrests and uncertainty about whether Latino services organizations’ CEOs should be called out for their apparent support of a certain public official.

The city itself remains a “Fourth Amendment city” in the face of Attorney General Jeff Sessions finalizing what defines those sanctuary conditions for a city, and so Philly’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is taking this month of June to celebrate its fourth annual Immigrant Heritage Month.

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The month-long series kicks off officially June 5 and is produced in collaboration with Welcome.us, a national nonprofit that is calling on states to celebrate its immigrant communities, such as with its new “I Stand With Immigrants” initiative.

In accordance with the celebration, Generocity’s editorial coverage for this month will also focus on immigration. This June, we hope to take a further look into what the city’s communities, nonprofits and organizations are doing in support of these people.

Here are some of the #ImmigrantHeritagePHL events you can take part in around Philly, according to this full list by the OIA:


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