Tell us your story of coming to America so we can share it on July Fourth

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    America has always opened its arms to immigrants.

    As is inscribed on Lady Liberty’s base, “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.”

    Did you or your family immigrate to America? Years ago? Recently?

    If you did, we want to hear, and share, your story with our readers.

    On July Fourth, the Times Leader will publish a special section about families and individuals who immigrated to America.

    Did your grandparents emigrate Poland? Russia? Italy? Any other country?

    Did you recently become a citizen? Are you in the process of becoming a citizen?

    Did you or your parents flee a country plagued with war? Or strife?

    Send us your stories and any photos or documentation you’d like to include.

    Email stories and other information to Sarah Haase at [email protected] or mail it to Times Leader, 15 N. Main St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

    Entries must be received by June 19.

    For more information, call 570-991-6111.

    Submit stories, photos or documents of you or your family coming to America to [email protected] or mail them to Sarah Haase c/o Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Information must be recieved by June 19.

    Coming to American stories to be shared July Fourth

    A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_liberty.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Submit stories, photos or documents of you or your family coming to America to [email protected] or mail them to Sarah Haase c/o Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Information must be recieved by June 19.