Independence Day and Immigration

A headline from the Orlando sentinel “What we think: Immigration is America’s story” caught my eye last week

It starts with reminding us “On this 237th birthday of the United States of America, with a debate raging in Congress over immigration policy, it’s worth remembering that we are a nation of immigrants. Everyone in the last 600 years, except Native Americans, either came here from somewhere else, or is the descendant of someone who came or was brought here.”

The article continues to discuss the pending immigration bill. I promise – I won’t go into a political discussion here! But continuing along this vein, at this time each year there are numerous articles reminding us of our rich history here in the US as well as the continuing growth in diversity. I also loved learning more about Portland Oregon’s formative years and our deep Chinook Native American history from a recent article in the Oregonian.

There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background. Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.

-John F. Kennedy, 1958

As opposed to past decades and generations, we truly are a global society today. It’s not only the immigrants living in the US we live and work with – its people, communities and corporations all over the world. VIA is proud of the role we play in furthering communication and to that end, we support written translations into 125 different languages each year.


About the author:  Karen Donovan is the VP of Healthcare for VIA. Her background encompasses working with stakeholders across a wide range of the spectrum, providing strategic solutions for health systems, providers, vendors and insurers in today’s ever evolving US healthcare delivery system. Read more from this author


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