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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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How immigrants helped save the economy of Akron, Ohio

The new arrivals have kept Akron's working population young as the city's aging baby boomers retire. Many of them are working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs or they are opening businesses -- and creating jobs.

Michigan and Detroit need immigrants to reach goals

Immigrants start companies that employ Detroit and Michigan residents. They fill unmet talent needs in high-tech, manufacturing, agriculture and service industries, allowing companies to compete, create jobs and raise incomes for their workers. They enhance our culture and quality of life and are critical to building a 21st-Century Michigan with a prosperous middle class. 

Police reassure local Muslims, create opportunity

"We are one Lynnwood," Chief Davis told them, saying that the department would continue, "to be a vigilant, proactive police department that will hold accountable those who wish to do harm to any members of our community." Police and community trust have never been more important, and small gestures and signs of solidarity can go a long way in building that trust.

How refugee neighbors changed a man’s mind about Muslims

John Dutcher hated Muslims. But then he met his refugee neighbors and actually took the time to listen to their stories and get to know them. An amazing thing happened: “They took the hatred out of me,” he says, tears welling up in his eyes.

How immigrants are helping Detroit’s recovery

Immigrants play a crucial role in revitalizing neighborhoods, communities, and economies. Just look to Detroit where new businesses are opening and flourishing, homes are being renovated, and the city is even investing in a new light-rail line.

The real link between crime and refugees

Nine out of ten cities studied saw property and violent crime levels decline—some by drastic amounts. In Southfield, Michigan, violent crime dropped by 77% between 2006-2015. Decatur, GA, outside Atlanta, saw a 62.2% decrease between 2007-2015.

A surprising salve for New York’s beleaguered cities: Refugees

Refugees settling in the beleaguered communities along New York’s old Erie Canal have been a surprising salve for decades of dwindling population and opportunity. Impact has been both low-budget and high-tech: Foreign-born students have flocked to programs — and paid tuition and fees — at upstate schools offering advanced scientific degrees, while street-level entrepreneurs have started shops.

Welcoming America Founder David Lubell discusses a new era for welcoming

Our Founder David Lubell talked with Atlanta's NPR station about what President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and refugees mean for welcoming.

Restaurants vow to protect undocumented workers

Nearly 300 restaurants across the U.S. are pledging to create safe and equitable work environments for undocumented employees. "We want a place that is free of intimidation, free of hate. There's a place here at the table for everyone. Including people that may not like us, but our workers are scared."

Salt Lake mayor, police chief pledge safety for immigrants despite executive order

Despite an executive order that they say brings confusion and fear, the mayor and police chief of Salt Lake City, a Welcoming America member, stood alongside advocates and other elected officials to declare the city won't be changing the way it treats immigrants and refugees.

Boise "Welcoming City" Resolution Affirms City Commitment to Immigrants

The City of Boise, a Welcoming America member, unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to being an inviting community for all its residents—whether they be refugees, immigrants, or otherwise.

'You are welcome here' - School for refugees plastered with signs

On Monday, when students arrived at school, they were greeted by signs. Dozens and dozens of them planted along the sidewalks. They'd been placed by neighbors -- and strangers -- who wanted to send a message of solidarity after President Trump's executive order banning refugee resettlement.