About the Challenge

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” —Emma Lazarus, Statue of Liberty

The We Are All Immigrants challenge is meant to celebrate the fact that all  United States citizens are descendants of immigrants (whether willing or unwilling)—and to insist that we welcome today’s immigrants and refugees in the same way that we would want to be welcomed ourselves.

The We Are All Immigrants Challenge has three steps: contribute a photograph to our gallery, send an email or tweet to Congress demanding that its members stand up against the president’s executive orders, and donate to an organization that is fighting to help immigrants and refugees. (See “Take the Challenge” for more details, and for links to contact your senators and representatives).

We Are All Immigrants is entirely non-for-profit and cannot accept donations directly. We are looking for individuals, companies or organizations that will pledge to make a financial contribution to the International Rescue Committee or American Civil Liberties Union for every photograph that is contributed. If you are interested in making a pledge (or if you would like your support to be recognized on this site), please email us at weareallimmigrants.us@gmail.com

Note: At least two groups of people might not identify themselves as “immigrants”: Native Americans, and descendants of slaves. If this applies to you, I encourage you to identify your roots in whatever way feels appropriate to you (for example, identifying your ancestors as having been slaves, or naming your tribe and identifying yourself as an original American, or whatever label you prefer). In other words, while this site is meant as a celebration of the United States as a melting pot, it is also not meant to whitewash our past. If you have other thoughts or suggestions, please send them to us.