Welcoming Michigan formally kicked off their initiative with a launch event on May 7th in Detroit that included a diverse coalition of supporters and recognition by state lawmakers. The event showcased the work of the growing initiative, which is led by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.
The initiative will focus initially on communities in Southeast Michigan and Detroit. The event was covered by the Detroit News, which highlighted the role of Welcoming Michigan in showcasing the economic contributions of immigrants to the Michigan economy. The bi-partisan initiative has received support from various lawmakers, including the Governor Rick Snyder. Says Snyder, “For the overwhelming majority of immigrants, the opportunity to begin again—and flourish —is what made Michigan great. We need to continue to harness this thirst for success and the work ethic that makes success possible, to help Michigan grow once again.”
Welcoming New Hampshire, whose campaign launched in 2011, was recently recognized by Governor John Lynch. In a proclamation issued last month, Governor Lynch commended the organization for “continuing to make our state proud of our welcoming tradition.” Welcoming New Hampshire is organized by the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees (NHAIR).