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

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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.

In Anchorage, AK, supporting immigrants part of recession solution

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation most recent statistics from 2014 show that foreign-born residents contributed $1.9 billion of the city’s $13 billion economy and that more than $27 million in state and local taxes came from Anchorage immigrants.


Cities in Midwest, Rust Belt say they need immigrants

An array of Republican and Democratic officials from across the Rust Belt and Midwest are united in concern about President Donald Trump’s clampdown on refugees and certain immigrants for one overriding reason: Their communities need more people.

A model for welcoming refugees in rural communities

Rutland, Vermont, is a place to watch. The rural community faces challenges similar to those of struggling towns across America. Rutland is also something of a test case for rural communities potentially interested in combining humanitarian outreach and local economic development motivations to revitalize their community and to help people in need.

How one U.S. group turns migrants into employees

Upwardly Global saw a problem and rolled up its sleeves. They have helped over 3,700 applicants find jobs, like Almothana Alhamoud, who now works in IT and is pursuing an advanced degree.

Ailing Vermont town pins hopes on Mideast refugees

Rutland, Vermont, a once bustling mill town, is looking for a way to breathe new life into their ailing city. Syrian refugees, business leaders say, could become an integral part of that effort, both by adding to the population — if only slightly — and bringing cultural diversity that they hope will attract younger residents.

7 Kinds of Kindness: Model ways of supporting refugees and immigrants, part 2

7 Kinds of Kindness models ways that Americans and others are supporting refugee and immigrant neighbors. Example two features Welcoming America's efforts to engage local leaders and build understanding by bringing immigrants and long-term residents together in direct contact.

7 Kinds of Kindness: Model ways of supporting refugees and immigrants, part 3

Meet Herman Nyamunga, who trains immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia on topics like how to develop a business plan and how to start an import-export business.

Anchorage recommits to being a welcoming community

"We recommit to being a welcoming community. We stand together in kindness and grace. We are grateful for being welcomed into this incredible land by those who came before us, and we are eager to welcome all who are committed to ensuring a safe and happy home for generations to come,” says First Lady of Anchorage Mara Kimmel.


How Idahoans are building bridges with their new refugee neighbors

Volunteer opportunities are seen as key to building bridges between newly arrived refugees and long-term residents. "Even though I'm not the perfect teacher, I feel like I can express that I care about these people, and that they're welcome here, and I think that has its own benefit," said one volunteer.