WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-New Jersey), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Donna Shalala (D-Florida) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) introduced a resolution honoring Arab American Heritage Month this past Thursday, recognizing the many contributions Arab Americans have made to the United States.
“As a strong and proud Arab American woman in Congress, it is an honor to introduce this Arab American Heritage Month resolution uplifting our contributions to this nation,” Tlaib said. “For generations, Arab Americans have infused our love for freedom, justice and equity into every aspect of our American experience. Most recently, we have seen Arab American health care workers be exemplars of patriotism, fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This resolution serves as a message of appreciation and thanks for these contributions made and future contributions that Arab American communities across our country will no doubt continue to make.”
Pascrell said Arab Americans help make the country stronger.
“From my hometown of Paterson, New Jersey to the furthest reaches of our nation, the achievements and contributions of Arab Americans are unmissable and a critical component of the fabric of the United States,” he said. “The American people are made stronger by our Arab American neighbors and it is imperative that we celebrate their triumphs, rich culture and terrific success.”
The measure was originally co-sponsored by 13 members of Congress.
“Arab Americans are an integral part of rich fabric of our country’s history and way of life,” Shalala said. “The millions of members of our community have made notable contributions of the fields of American medicine, law, business, technology, civic engagement, government and culture. I am proud to celebrate the Arab American community’s achievements as we mark Arab American Heritage Month.”
Dingell, who resides in the largest Arab American community in the country, agreed.
“In my hometown of Dearborn and across the country, Arab Americans are part of the fabric of our community,” Dingell said. “Arab Americans have been an integral part of Michigan’s identity, sharing their culture and traditions with neighbors and friends. They are doctors, teachers, small business owners and service members – they are among the most loyal and patriotic Americans I know. Arab Americans have been leaders that make Michigan better. This month, we celebrated the accomplishments of Arab Americans in the United States throughout Arab American Heritage Month.”
The text of the resolution can be read here.