Thursday, February 22, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

We Stand With the New Americans of Missouri

We are a nation that believes in E Pluribus Unum – “Out of Many, One.”  Not Us vs.Them.


Welcoming immigrants and rescuing refugees is who we are as a country. Religious liberty is embedded in the U.S. Constitution precisely because the founders faced persecution from a government simply because of their beliefs.

We stand united as Missourians to uphold this nation’s history of freedom.

We pledge to stand with the immigrants and refugees in our communities. We pledge to remember that our nation is great because of the sweat and ingenuity of generations of New Americans who came before us and are now the beloved ancestors of many Missourians today.

We pledge to fight against any unconstitutional act by our government that targets families, friends and neighbors because of race, color, national origin, or religion.

Immigrants have shown the Show-Me State how much they contribute to our communities.

More than 225,000 people across Missouri are foreign-born. Six percent of Missouri’s businesses are owned by New Americans whose hard work betters the economy for all.  Immigrants in Missouri have an estimated $4.8 billion in spending power.

The Kansas City area has long been home to a Latino community that started in the frontier days on the Santa Fe Trail. Immigrants are now 7.3 percent of the Kansas City metro area.

St. Louis is also home to a highly educated, entrepreneurial and growing Hispanic population. Adding to the region’s tapestry is a community of 50,000 Bosnians, including thousands who fled their war-torn country as refugees. These immigrants, many of whom are Muslim, revitalized the city.

Our state has a rich history of immigration. Towns such as Hermann, New Melle and Westphalia were by founded German immigrants who built communities in the 1800s. Missouri towns to the south also reveal evolving communities with many foreign-born, such as in Monett and Noel. We will not ignore our history. We will work together to preserve our future.

Together, we pledge to let our elected officials and the public know how important New Americans are to Missouri. We pledge to show up in the Capitol to speak up for the rights of all Missourians. We pledge to stop any unconstitutional edict that separates American families and deprives our state and our country of the contributions that these newcomers, and their children and grandchildren, will make as Americans.

By signing this letter, we commit to working together and raising our voices together in support of Missouri’s immigrant and refugee communities. Out of many backgrounds, causes and organizations, we stand as one.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce St. Louis (AACC)
CAIR Missouri
Casa de Salud
Cross Border Network for Justice & Solidarity
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement
International Institute of St. Louis
Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance
Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA)
St. Louis Bosnians, Inc.
ACLU of Missouri 

If you are an individual who would like to pledge to commit to standing up for immigrants and refugees in Missouri, sign our petition.

About The Author


The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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