Welcoming America helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.

Ideas that Innovate | WE Global Toolkit

The WE Global Network launches today IDEAS THAT INNOVATE, a collection of state and local public policies that further efforts to pursue immigrant… read more

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Announcing the WE Global Network

  Today, Welcoming America, Global Detroit, and more than a dozen economic development initiatives throughout the nation’s Rust Belt… read more

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History in the Making

Today, the White House announced a historic step toward creating the nation’s first federal integration strategy – one that recognizes the… read more

History in the Making History in the Making

Ideas that Innovate | WE Global Toolkit

April 22nd, 2015

The WE Global Network launches today IDEAS THAT INNOVATE, a collection of state and local public policies that further efforts to pursue immigrant economic development strategies.

Many WE Global Network local actors have been approached by municipal officials, state legislators, and other elected officials who acknowledge the research and economic case for immigrant economic development, but who lack specific public policy measures that they can consider to support our work.

As an increasing number of Rust Belt communities realize the enormous contributions that immigrants make to local economic growth and prosperity, new and innovative economic development initiatives are being launched to build more inclusive and welcoming economies. As rapid as these local programmatic initiatives are being launched, innovations also are being pursued by state and local public policymakers. This collection can assist immigrant economic development players and policymakers working together toward more welcoming and inclusive communities. The chapters provide resources to help you explore replicating these ideas in your community. Read the rest of this entry »

Announcing the WE Global Network

April 15th, 2015

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Today, Welcoming AmericaGlobal Detroit, and more than a dozen economic development initiatives throughout the nation’s Rust Belt launched the Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global Network)The network is comprised of groups from 10 states across the Midwest working to tap into the economic development opportunities created by welcoming immigrants.

This launch comes on the heels of yesterday’s White House release of a report featuring the WE Global Network as one of its national best practices. Created by the White House Task Force on New Americans, the report affirms that immigrants and refugees contribute significantly to the continued economic prosperity of the U.S. and are critical to our country’s social and cultural fabric. The report is available at www.whitehouse.gov/new-americans.
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History in the Making

April 14th, 2015

Today, the White House announced a historic step toward creating the nation’s first federal integration strategy – one that recognizes the importance of local efforts to build welcoming environments where immigrants and long-time residents join together to create stronger communities. Read the report and fact sheet.

The leadership of our partners across the country who are at the forefront of community-based initiatives helped shape and inspire this strategy and are recognized throughout the report as being among the nation’s most promising efforts.

The report to the President was presented today by the White House Task Force on New Americans, an inter-agency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate immigrants and refugees and build welcoming communities. The Task Force was created as part of the President’s immigration accountability executive actions. The full report and further information – including the Task Force’s plan to carry out its work – will be available soon at www.whitehouse.gov/new-americans.
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Announcing the Paul and Daisy Soros 2015 Fellows

April 14th, 2015

Immigrants are contributors to our country – a fact that this is clearer than ever today as the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans announces its 2015 fellows. The fellowship provides remarkable first- and second-generation immigrants with the opportunity to achieve leadership in their chosen fields by providing funding to support their graduate studies. This year’s class represents a diverse cross sector of subjects, such as law, music, mathematics, writing, medicine, and business, as well as over 20 countries.  For all their diversity of interests and accomplishments, however, the fellows – and other New Americans like them – share a common characteristic: the potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society and culture. In celebration of this year’s class and the value of all immigrants, below are profiles of a few of the fellows and what they believe communities can do to become more welcoming.

Applications are now open for the 2016 class of the fellowship and are due November 1, 2015 at 11:50pm EST. To learn more, visit www.pdsoros.org. Read the rest of this entry »