Additional quotes from participants in yesterday’s events are below.
Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a network of businesses in the San Diego region, the Chamber understands the important role immigrants play in the strength, diversity, and resiliency of our local workforce. From creating jobs to contributing to state and local taxes, immigrants are a helping propel our economy as a whole. It is wonderful that we have this opportunity to celebrate and embrace our strengths as a dynamic and diverse population. Because that is what truly makes us America’s Finest City.”
Lilian Serrano, Chair, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), said:
“Immigrants are a vital part of our San Diego Border Region. As the chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and the daughter of immigrants, I’m happy to see the city of San Diego celebrate the our immigrant heritage and welcome San Diegans from all over the world. It sends an important message that immigrants matter and are welcome here.”
Nao Kabashima, Executive Director, Karen Organization of San Diego, said: “We are so honored to be here with all of you today to celebrate beautiful San Diego and our Immigrant Heritage Month. As one of the newest immigrant communities in San Diego, our community members who are refugees from Burma have learned a lot from our immigrant friends and have been so encouraged by you to work harder. We believe that San Diego will be always a very welcoming city for everyone even at this difficult time. And at Karen Organization of San Diego, we are so honored to be a part of San Diego.”
Linda Caballero Sotelo, Executive Director, New Americans Museum, said: “We are honored to have participated in celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month during the public event held in San Diego. There has never been a more meaningful time to reflect & to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our great nation’s evolving history. We remain committed to keeping immigrant stories of resilience and true American exceptionalism alive through our work & are grateful to be able to amplify this message by showcasing the emblematic I LOVE SD piece for all San Diegans to enjoy.”