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Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

Keep the momentum going

Dear Welcomers, It has been an incredible year. Together, we lifted up welcoming at a national – and international – level. We… read more

Keep the momentum going Keep the momentum going

An incredible honor from the President

This Tuesday, I had the honor of flying on Air Force One with President Obama to Nashville to celebrate the city as an exemplar of what a welcoming… read more

An incredible honor from the President An incredible honor from the President

Reflections on the Presidential Memorandum

Despite our history as a nation of immigrants, the U.S. has never had a federal immigrant integration policy; for the first time ever, one is… read more

Reflections on the Presidential Memorandum Reflections on the Presidential Memorandum

Why I’ll be in Nashville today

Update 2: Watch the full town hall below or go to minute 9 to listen to President Obama speak about David Lubell and the Welcoming America movement. Read… read more

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Keep the momentum going

December 18th, 2014

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Dear Welcomers,

It has been an incredible year.

Together, we lifted up welcoming at a national – and international – level.

We were so incredibly humbled to be recognized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when we received the Intercultural Innovation Award as well as to be honored by President Obama last week in Nashville.

We were thrilled to help bring welcoming to the halls of Washington when we co-hosted, with National Partnership for New Americans, the first-ever White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, and we are similarly excited about the recent presidential memorandum, Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.

And we continued to highlight welcoming during flash points around immigration – including children fleeing violence from Central America and administrative relief.

Together, we accelerated policy change in communities nationwide, moving the needle on immigration locally.

There is a movement sweeping the nation: whole communities are coming together to create welcoming environments in which immigrant and long-term residents alike can thrive and prosper.

Now, our network includes 64 nonprofit and municipal government members who are working to instill welcoming locally, moving from symbolic gestures to institutional policy change – from establishing mayoral offices focused on supporting immigrants, to appointing task forces, to outlining how to best attract and retain immigrants.

Together, we reshaped the national narrative on immigration.

The welcoming message spread further than ever, from the New York Times, to the Associated Press, to Forbes, to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Leaders from all over the country are also increasingly highlighting the value of welcoming immigrants and the contributions they make in places as diverse as Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Detroit.

We could not have done this without you. Can you help keep this momentum going in 2015 with a tax-deductible gift to Welcoming America?

We are in a special welcoming moment for the country, and we want to ensure that we move in the right direction. With your support, together, we can continue to build a nation where immigrants are embraced and welcomed by their communities and neighbors.

With my deepest appreciation,

David Lubell
Executive Director

P.S. While we appreciate any gift, you can become an even bigger champion of welcoming by giving monthly.

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An incredible honor from the President

December 12th, 2014

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This Tuesday, I had the honor of flying on Air Force One with President Obama to Nashville to celebrate the city as an exemplar of what a welcoming community can achieve.
 
Let me share some of what the President said during his speech at Casa Azafran in Nashville:
 
“[L]et me close with the story of somebody who is working to bring people together. David Lubell, who…used to run the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. And he knew that some folks were skeptical about immigrants changing the face of Nashville. And he also knew though that these immigrants were good people. So he saw an opportunity for immigration to unite the city rather than divide it. And in 2005, he started Welcoming Tennessee which connects long-term residents in the community with new immigrants.…And the conversations weren’t always easy. But it created a foundation of mutual understanding and respect. And today, David’s initiative is expanding across the country….This is what makes America exceptional. That we welcome strivers. We welcome dreamers from all around the world. And it keeps us young and it keeps us invigorated, and it keeps us thriving. And pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”
 
We thank the White House and the President for this incredible recognition. To see the full speech, including the town hall portion, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bbd9OzZ15Q (skip to 9:00 to hear President Obama recognize the welcoming movement).
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Reflections on the Presidential Memorandum

December 12th, 2014

Despite our history as a nation of immigrants, the U.S. has never had a federal immigrant integration policy; for the first time ever, one is on the way.

Thanks to a recent commitment by the President, detailed in the presidential memorandum on Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees, the White House will be establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support state and local integration efforts that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I’ll be in Nashville today

December 9th, 2014

Update 2: Watch the full town hall below or go to minute 9 to listen to President Obama speak about David Lubell and the Welcoming America movement. Read the transcript here.

Update: We are so honored that our movement was recognized by the President during his visit to Nashville! A special shout out goes out to Mayor Karl Dean, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and all who have helped make Welcoming Tennessee and the welcoming movement a reality.President Barack Obama Quote Graphic

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