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.

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

A Historic Day for Atlanta A Historic Day for Atlanta

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?

National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th!

          National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th! Join over 13,000 people in 27 states… read more

National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th! National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th!

Welcoming America Honored in Bali with Worldwide Intercultural Innovation Award

        We are excited to announce that Welcoming America is one of eleven organizations worldwide to receive… read more

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Welcoming America is Supporting the Growing Number of Communities that are Welcoming Unaccompanied Children

Update: For resources on unaccompanied children - including ways you can help - click here. Dear Colleagues,We stand at a historic moment… read more

Welcoming America is Supporting the Growing Number of Communities that are Welcoming Unaccompanied Children Welcoming America is Supporting the Growing Number of Communities that are Welcoming Unaccompanied Children

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

September 15th, 2014

 

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Answer: They’re all participating in National Welcoming Week!

While Washington continues to debate immigration, communities small and large, rural and urban, are moving full steam ahead to welcome immigrants and expand prosperity. This local movement has never been more apparent than during 2014 National Welcoming Week, which started on September 13th and includes over 160 events in 27 states designed to honor immigrant contributions and build bridges among diverse local residents.

These events are by and large organized by local nonprofit and government partners within our network, which includes 19 nonprofits and 41 local governments through the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative. The latest locality to join the initiative is Detroit, Michigan, who announced their participation today.

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The Detroit Immigration Task Force announces the city will join Welcoming Cities and Counties. Read the rest of this entry »

National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th!

September 11th, 2014

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National Welcoming Week kicks off on September 13th! Join over 13,000 people in 27 states in communities both small and large, rural and urban, to celebrate immigrants and the growing movement of leaders and communities that fully embrace immigrants and their value to the fabric of our country.

Welcoming Week reflects the true story of how communities are thriving by working together to welcome immigrants – regardless of what is happening in Washington. Find an event near you now!

Share the news of how you’re celebrating National Welcoming Week Use the #welcomingweek hashtag as you share pictures and stories from the events you attend. To learn about what other communities are doing, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Donate: Even if you can’t plan or join an event in your community, you can still support us by making a donation to support National Welcoming Week.  

Questions? We are here to help!  Contact us at welcomingweek@welcomingamerica.org.