Immigrant Heritage Month 2023

June is Immigrant Heritage Month during which we acknowledge the contributions immigrants have made to our nation, our state, and our communities. Overcoming great odds, immigrants have arrived in the United States of America to create better lives for themselves and their families. 

One of the pillars of the American story is that we welcome immigrants to make new lives and become part of the great American mosaic. An honest look at our history, however, shows that myth and reality are often in conflict. Our nation’s history is littered with streaks of isolationism, xenophobia, and racism against newcomers to our nation. 

While the pendulum of history ebbs and flows, we would do well to remember that — except for Indigenous people (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) who first lived here — every person living in the United States is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants. 

Learn more about Immigrant Heritage Month below, and be sure to support local businesses, artists, and policies that uplift our immigrants and make our state stronger and more welcoming for all. 


  • A Proclamation on National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2022 [The White House]


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Hana Saad joined OK Policy in August 2022 as the Communications and Operations Fellow. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with degrees in Media Studies and English and is part of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. At TU, Hana regularly wrote for The Collegian and was the Co-Editor of the Stylus Journal of Art and Writing. She also serves on the team at Puppy Haven Rescue to help in their mission of saving rescue dogs across Oklahoma. Hana is eager to learn more about public policy in Oklahoma and use her skills to support the OKP work to build a more equitable state. In her free time, she loves to read fiction and poetry, walk her dog, and make copious cups of tea.

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