Like other Mexican immigrants who have come to the United States in recent decades, my family connections to the process of migration date back to the early 20th century, when the demand for Mexican labor led American employers to actively recruit workers in Central Mexico.

Thus, our present cannot be fully understood without taking into account the factors that, in the past, led to the origin and development of migration traditions.

As in the past, today’s immigrants contribute to the greatness of this nation, whether they are highly skilled professionals in the Silicon Valley, maids in the hotel industry, laborers in the packinghouses of the midwest, or farmworkers in the Central Valley.

As a founder and Chair of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), I am motivated by the passion and energy of the organizations in our region who stand up in defense of our immigrant neighbors, co-workers, employers, friends and family members. Our network colleagues and allies are setting an admirable example of inclusion.