If you’re reading this and not already in Ohio, I have a message for you, “You should move here. It’s a great place to work and raise a family. We want you to come to Ohio.”
I’m not just talking about people in Indiana or Michigan; but everyone everywhere, worldwide. In the face of so much negativity we hear these days toward people who move to new places to pursue better lives – immigrants – it will strike some as contrarian to reach out to them instead of demonizing them. But Ohio’s never done things like everyone else. We have a history of seeking to stay a step ahead and, for us, immigration has always been part of achieving “the next thing.”
Ohio was America’s first frontier, and we identify with and celebrate the diverse waves of immigrants who settled here. Among them Germans in Cincinnati and central Ohio, Eastern Europeans, Latinos and Irish in Northeast Ohio, Italians in Eastern Ohio, and people from the Middle East in Northwest Ohio.
Today, we see new waves of immigrants finding a home here, feeding into the same cities enriched by the first generation. People from East Africa, the Himalayas, Latin America and other places continue to become proud Buckeyes and weave their stories into the broader, historic Ohio narrative – a history of how hard work, ingenuity and creativity are hallmarks of our success, both past and future.
This previously-published column was provided by Kasich’s office.