house resolution no.65

Reps. Iden, Chirkun, Crawford, Elder, Haadsma, Hertel, Hope, Jones, Lasinski, Liberati, Manoogian, Pagan, Rendon, Shannon, Sneller, Stone, Warren, Whitsett and Wittenberg offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 11, 2019, as Chaldean American Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Approximately 160,000 Chaldeans reside in Michigan, the largest population outside of the Middle East; and

Whereas, The Chaldean population began immigrating to America during the 1920ís for better economic, religious, and political freedom, bringing with them a strong work ethic which continues to positively add to the growth of Michigan through the establishment of 20,000 Chaldean-owned businesses throughout Michigan; and

Whereas, The Chaldean community has undoubtedly proven their diligent business skills and entrepreneurial spirit with nearly two-thirds of Chaldean American households owning at least one business and 39 percent owning two or more businesses; and

Whereas, The Chaldean community contributes an estimated eleven billion annually to Michiganís economy; and

Whereas, The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce currently has 985 members that represent more than four thousand businesses with goals of building community ties, ensuring membership value and advocacy for the benefit of Chaldean people; and

Whereas, The Chaldean Community Foundation has promoted steady population growth by providing services to the newly arrived Iraqi Chaldean refugees in efforts to help refugees become contributing members to Michigan through assistance with housing, job placement, language development, and social and government program directives; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 11, 2019, as Chaldean American Day in the state of Michigan. We acknowledge the contributions of this innovative and entrepreneurial community as an important part of Michiganís diverse history; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and Chaldean Community Foundation as evidence of our highest esteem.