City celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess stands with dozens of immigrants on Thursday to celebrate his proclamation of June being Immigrant Heritage Month in the city.

NASHUA – In New Hampshire’s most racially diverse city, dozens of immigrants joined Mayor Jim Donchess Thursday for the official declaration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month.

“We have a long tradition of immigration here in the city,” Donchess said at City Hall. “We know a lot of new residents have come from various parts of the world and are really working hard to contribute to Nashua and our country, and I want to celebrate their commitment and accomplishments.”

Dozens of immigrants, many carrying flags or wearing clothing representative of their native lands, gathered for the declaration.

Many in attendance Thursday are students at the city’s Adult Learning Center. Police Lt. Carlos Camacho gave them an escort as they walked from the center to the city building.

“Whereas: Nashua is a city built by immigrants, whose hard work made and continues to make it the strong, inclusive community it is today; and whereas: it is our responsibility as Nashuans to recognize the heritage of the immigrants who built our community and be welcoming to those who will create its future. Now, therefore: I, Jim Donchess, mayor of the city of Nashua, New Hampshire do hereby proclaim June 2018 as: Immigrant Heritage Month in the city of Nashua,” Donchess read in concluding his proclamation.

After he finished speaking, many approached Donchess to request to have their photos taken with him. Immigrants from many countries participated, including those from Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 84.6 percent of Nashua residents are considered “white alone.” This is significantly lower than New Hampshire’s statewide average of 93.8 percent. It is also slightly below Manchester’s number of 86.3 percent.

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