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Welcoming in the News

Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

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Americans are welcomers, not wall-builders

Although the expansion of intolerance and xenophobia in America today is disturbing and, unfortunately, familiar, there is a counter-narrative that has also run through our history as a nation. This is the story of the “Welcomers,” those who have led the charge for inclusion — be it of immigrants, African Americans, Jews, LGBT-Americans, or the many other groups who have faced prejudice and persecution in our country.

Immigrants are bolstering the Pittsburgh metro area population

Without an influx of international migration to the Pittsburgh metro area, the region would have lost 36,580 residents since 2010. This would have been far and away the largest population decline of any large U.S. metro area over that time span. Luckily, enough people came across borders to the Steel City, drastically cutting into the figure, and stemming some the region’s population decline.

Immigrants revitalize Detroit

Immigration has been quietly powering the population growth, neighborhood revitalization, innovation, entrepreneurship, and broad diversity upon which a bright future for Detroit’s neighborhoods and current residents can be secured. Not only do immigrants in Detroit make up an outsized percentage of the self-employed but they are also preventing the city’s population from shrinking.

Photo series highlights success of welcoming initiative in Dayton, OH

Dayton has long been considered an immigrant-friendly community. In the mid-1990s, Dayton helped end the Bosnian War with peace talks. In 2010, then-Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and a Turkish native started the Welcome Dayton initiative. In 2017, a local photographer decided to turn the lens on immigrants in Dayton to hear from them about how they’ve been welcomed in the city.

Why Houston is becoming more accepting of immigration

The continued growth in positive attitudes toward immigrants is thanks largely to a younger generation of Houstonians that is more diverse and more comfortable with diversity than older generations. For example, 37 percent of the baby boom generation and 35 percent of Gen Xers felt immigration into the country mostly threatens American culture, but only 13 percent of millennials agreed.

Hamtramck, MI: An evolving city of immigrants

Pick a street corner in downtown Hamtramck, Mich., and you'll be struck by the incredible mix of cultures crammed into this tiny, 2-square-mile city. What has united all of the immigrant groups who've come to Hamtramck? Good jobs in the auto industry. Hamtramck is surrounded by Detroit, and for decades, car manufacturing was its lifeblood.

Trump may not want immigrants, but Rust Belt mayors do

In the suburbs and countryside of Rust Belt swing states, President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant message may have carried the day, but in the region’s post-industrial cities, it’s anathema. Mayors from Detroit to Cleveland -- as well as northeastern cities like Albany, NY, and Lowell, MA -- see financial salvation in immigrants and are dismayed by Trump’s drive to tighten the borders.

An undocumented high school senior who left Mexico aged 4 has been accepted to Harvard

Victor Reyes arrived in the US when he was four. Today he is class valedictorian, a soon-to-be computer science major at Harvard, and DACA student. "I want to be the one to show them that being undocumented isn’t a disadvantage. Instead, it is a motivator. Being undocumented helps you discover the virtue of hard work and perseverance."

Why embracing immigrants brings growth to Rust Belt cities

The Muslim ban goes against everything our country stands for, and it's an example of how when we abandon our values, there are real economic and social consequences for U.S. communities. But Rust Belt cities, like our members Dayton, Detroit, and Buffalo, understand the benefits of building a welcoming community for all.

There is a place for all of us here; cities affirm welcoming despite executive orders

As more communities wake up to the impact of national policies that stoke fear and recognize that such policies are not in their self-interest, we hope they move beyond symbolic welcoming affirmations to do the important work of creating truly inclusive places where all residents can participate and contribute more fully.

How moms and families can create welcoming communities for immigrant families

As moms we know that the best way to build strong families is to have strong communities. Our strength is grounded in our ability to work together. From those who cook the food that we eat to those who invent businesses, new immigrants realize the value of working hard and doing our part.

Colorado Representative proposes task force to highlight immigrant contributions in the U.S.

Congressman Jared Polis created the Saved by American Immigrants National Taskforce to counteract Trump’s VOICE program. The project will share stories of immigrants — documented and undocumented — who have positively contributed to U.S. society.