This is a different kind of Valentine’s Day message, but arguably much more meaningful.
The hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove blew up on social media this February 14th as Americans sent digital notes to a group of people increasingly marginalized by the Trump administration.
The movement kicked off in December with a letter writing campaign, organized by the pro-immigration organizations Define American and Welcome.us.
The V-Day social media blitz was an extension of that first campaign. Supporters were asked to post video, pictures, or letters showing their appreciation for American immigrants. And the results did not disappoint – on top of the huge outpouring from the public, several celebrities got involved as well.
Jose Antonio, the founder of Define American, put it best in a press release: “There’s never been a more important time in modern U.S. history to stand in solidarity with immigrants across our country. This campaign comes at a crucial time not only for millions of immigrants who call America home but for the millions of American citizens and permanent residents whose lives are connected to ours.
“We are an immigrant nation and we love our immigrants. Let’s show it.”
This is obviously a hot button issue in the era of President Trump. Just recently, nearly 700 immigrants were picked up in a coordinated series of raids nationwide in a single day, and the Muslim travel ban, while currently blocked by a federal judge, is a telling example of where this administration wants to steer the US.
But if these protests are any indication, the aggressive anti-immigration policies are not what the people want. #ToImmigrantsWithLove