National Immigrants Day (28th)
The United States of America is a country known not only for its economic, political, and social importance in the world, but also because it has been home to immigrants from all over the world throughout its history.
On October 28, National Immigrants’ Day, we remember with great joy that our country is unique among the nations of the world, and that it has been made up of millions of immigrants who have contributed to its great economy and development. With more immigrants than any other country, more than 45 million, the United States has always welcomed and offered opportunities to those who want to start a new life in our homeland.
Many Americans can find in their family tree parents, grandparents or great-great-grandparents who arrived to the United States in search of the American dream. And proudly, throughout our history, immigrants have been an important part of our Constitution and independence.
History of National Immigrants Day
Before 1890, each one of the states in the country regulated the flow of immigrants that they received. However, due to political instability in Europe, poor economic conditions, and religious restrictions, many people began to migrate in masse to the United States. It was then that the federal government, with the aim of helping the states, began to process the arrival of immigrants. This was the first time the country allowed and welcomed large-scale immigration.
Although immigrants entered the country through different ports such as Boston, Miami, and San Francisco, Ellis Island, in New York, was the main port of entry for most of them. It was inaugurated as an immigrant station on January 1, 1890, until it closed its doors in November 1954. The Statue of Liberty was the first image that people saw from the boats when they arrived, our symbol of justice and freedom.
Later on, at the start of the 20th century, the United States began to receive immigrants from not only Europe, but also Asia and Latin America.
On October 28, 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this day as National Immigrants’ Day, urging the American people to celebrate it through programs, ceremonies, and various cultural activities.
Let’s celebrate this important day for our country and remember that everyone who comes to the United States has the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as the rest of us. Happy Immigrants Day!