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.

WA Updates: Children Fleeing Violence, NIIC, Job Opening & More

Mayors and County Executives Come Out In Support of Children Fleeing Violence In continuation of our campaign to support children fleeing… read more

WA Updates: Children Fleeing Violence, NIIC, Job Opening & More WA Updates: Children Fleeing Violence, NIIC, Job Opening & More

From the Halls of Government to the Heart of Communities, National Welcoming Week Celebrates and Uplifts Immigrants

* Photo captions below This National Welcoming Week, communities across the country – rural and urban, large and small – stepped up to celebrate… read more

From the Halls of Government to the Heart of Communities, National Welcoming Week Celebrates and Uplifts Immigrants From the Halls of Government to the Heart of Communities, National Welcoming Week Celebrates and Uplifts Immigrants

US Mayors: “We will provide compassion and care for children fleeing violence”

Today, Welcoming America released a letter signed by Mayors and County Executives from some of the nation’s largest communities in which they… read more

US Mayors: “We will provide compassion and care for children fleeing violence” US Mayors: “We will provide compassion and care for children fleeing violence”

A Historic Day for Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced yesterday his commitment to a more inclusive and immigrant-friendly Atlanta, in partnership with business… read more

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What do 13k Americans and the City of Detroit share?

  Answer: They're all participating in National Welcoming Week!While Washington continues to debate immigration, communities small… read more

What do 13k Americans and the City of Detroit share? What do 13k Americans and the City of Detroit share?

WA Updates: Children Fleeing Violence, NIIC, Job Opening & More

October 8th, 2014

Mayors and County Executives Come Out In Support of Children Fleeing Violence

In continuation of our campaign to support children fleeing violence from Central America, Welcoming America recently released a letter signed by 13 Mayors and County Executives from some of the nation’s largest communities in which they promise to compassionately support and welcome the children.

Reflecting a symbolic cross section of America, this initial group of local leaders is showing tremendous leadership among a growing number of communities that have been willing and able to ensure that the children are cared for – garnering attention from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Spanish-language Associated Press, and Latin Post. For more information on this momentous step, including the list of signatories, click here Read the rest of this entry »

From the Halls of Government to the Heart of Communities, National Welcoming Week Celebrates and Uplifts Immigrants

October 2nd, 2014

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This National Welcoming Week, communities across the country – rural and urban, large and small – stepped up to celebrate and integrate immigrants. From substantial policy changes to exciting events, Welcoming Week marked a watershed moment for our country.

Mayors and Communities Announce Major Welcoming Policy Initiatives

During Welcoming Week, four Welcoming Cities – Atlanta, Baltimore, Nashville, and Detroit – took huge leaps forward in their path to welcoming immigrants. These steps are not just symbolic gestures embracing newcomers – they are also momentous shifts in governmental and institutional policy that will tangibly improve the lives of immigrants.
 
In Atlanta, Georgia – which has the second fastest-growing foreign-born population of any metro area in the U.S., second only to Baltimore – Mayor Kasim Reed and the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group announced that the City of Atlanta will implement 20 policies and programs to foster a welcoming environment for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of origin.
 
Baltimore, Maryland also celebrated with Mayor Stephanie Rawling-Blake’s announcement that the city will implement new efforts to attract and retain immigrants. To kick these efforts off, the city released a report on the role immigrants play in growing the city, as well as a video series celebrating Welcoming Week.
 
The birthplace of the Welcoming movement, Nashville, Tennessee, continues to lead the country, announcing last week the creation of a Mayor’s Office of New Americans, a successful example of the power of government-nonprofit collaboration that is at the root of our work. We commend Mayor Karl Dean and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) for this momentous step forward.
 
Welcoming Week also saw the addition of two new cities to the Welcoming Cities and Counties cohort. Detroit, Michigan made their announcement during a panel featuring the Mayor, City Council, and our partner Welcoming Michigan. We also honor Anchorage, Alaska, which became the first Welcoming City outside of the contiguous U.S. during Welcoming Week.

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US Mayors: “We will provide compassion and care for children fleeing violence”

October 1st, 2014

Today, Welcoming America released a letter signed by Mayors and County Executives from some of the nation’s largest communities in which they promise to compassionately support and welcome the young children from Central America seeking refuge in the US.  Reflecting a symbolic cross section of America, this initial group of Mayors and County Executives are showing tremendous leadership among a growing number of communities that have been willing and able to ensure that children are cared for.

“As leaders of the nation’s cities and counties, we remind the American public that the moral compass of our nation resides in our local communities. We call on our residents and leaders across the country to respond with compassion and concern for the welfare of all children, and to join us in doing all we can to live up to our values as a just and welcoming nation,” the letter states.

Mayors Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia, Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Illinois, Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, Michael B. Hancock of Denver, Colorado, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California, Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniel L. Bianchi of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Edward B. Murray of Seattle, Washington, Francis G. Slay of St. Louis, Missouri, Jonathan Rothschild of Tucson, Arizona, and County Executive Isiah Leggett of Montgomery County, Maryland all signed the letter.

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A Historic Day for Atlanta

September 19th, 2014

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced yesterday his commitment to a more inclusive and immigrant-friendly Atlanta, in partnership with business and civic leaders. Among them, the City will:

  • Create an Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Organize city dialogues with immigrant and refugee communities and receiving communities
  • Create a web-based, multi-language one-stop shop for all entrepreneurs to start a business in the city
  • Expand opportunities for adult English language learning
  • Launch an initiative within the Atlanta Police Department and the City Prosecutor’s office to investigate and prosecute individuals who prey on immigrants
  • Establish a My City Academy educational program

Welcoming America is honored to work with Mayor Reed, his staff, and the community to take this historic step forward. Read on for the full scoop.

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