The Immigrant Mind: Iowa Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Luma Simms | August 24, 2017

The only reason we were able to come to America was because a kind hearted Armenian family in Los Angeles sponsored us many years ago.

And so I rejoice to report that today at 11:10 AM, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is signing a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide, the mass killing of approximately 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. Iowa is the 47th state to recognize this atrocity.

Philos executive director Robert Nicholson and senior fellow Juliana Taimoorazy partnered with Iraqi Christian Relief Council Board Member Denise Bubeck and Armen Sahakyan of Armenian National Committee of America to bring about this important event.

To this day the United States of America has not formally recognized the 1915 Armenian genocide, mostly due to pressure from Turkey. An AP release in the New York Times in April of 2016 shows that even after eight years, President Obama had not fulfilled his campaign promise to do so. We don’t know yet whether President Trump will break with his predecessor’s approach, but with Turkey a U.S. NATO partner, coupled with the country’s current volatile state, it seems the chances may be slim. The new approach is to pursue it at the state level.