At a time when the Trump Administration has vilified immigrants, it’s become necessary for this community to take control of its own narrative. And with graduation season fully upon us, Define American – a non-profit media and culture organization – and UndocuMedia have launched the #ImmiGrad hashtag to give immigrants and the children of immigrants a platform to break down harmful stereotypes and to celebrate their accomplishments.
“Graduation is an important day for everyone, but for many children of immigrants, it is the very reason they are in this country,” according to Define American. “We want to celebrate all immigrant graduates and their families and recognize them for achieving this milestone.”
As a result of #ImmiGrad, we have moving accounts of what it’s like to navigate college as an immigrant and about the sacrifices of immigrant parents. Check out 12 of the most heartwarming #ImmiGrad messages below:
"All parents want is for their children to have a better future, regardless of what they have to sacrifice."
"She left her career and else behind, so that I could have a better future in this country."
"The sacrifices that you and mom [made have] paid off."
"I owe everything to these two individuals who I have the privilege to call my parents."
"I am a product of their hard work, of their sacrifices, and endless love."
"I defied the stereotype."
"I am proud of my immigrant family and this success is for them."
"I am a first-generation Guatemalan immigrant who has gotten to where I am thanks to the struggles and strife my parents put themselves through."
"This is for my parents, who struggles to make ends meet so they made and sold burritos to pay the bills."
"Mindset, desire, dedication, and hard work."