HOUSTON, TX – U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joined local leaders to commemorate Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM) yesterday at an outdoor community celebration and art installation held in downtown Houston to #CelebrateImmigrants. Hundreds of Houstonians participated in the festivities, held to recognize the contributions of immigrants and their descendants to the United States over generations. Also in attendance were Texas State Representative Gene Wu, City of Houston Council Member Robert Gallegos and Texas State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia
In a stirring speech at a press conference held during the event, Congresswoman Jackson Lee reaffirmed the value of immigrants to Houston, and called for Texans to welcome, respect and strengthen the immigrant community.
“Immigrants contribute to our country in ways large and small, seen and unseen. Today’s migrants follow in the footsteps of centuries of individuals coming to our land to contribute to the vibrancy of our society and in the process, improve the lives and outlook of those who follow. We should welcome them and ensure that they too can achieve their American Dream,” said Congresswoman Jackson Lee.
Following the press conference, community leaders added flags of their identified heritage to a public art installation designed to say “I <3 HTOWN.”