WA Updates: Administrative Relief Resources, Welcoming Refugees Communications Contest, and More

Administrative Relief Resources

We encourage cities preparing for administrative relief to check out our recently released Administrative Relief Toolkit and to attend our flash webinar series on the topic. Register here for the Administrative Relief: Actions for Local Governments webinar.

Flash Webinar Series on Administrative Relief

This four-part webinar series will explore how communities are coming together to prepare for and implement administrative relief. Join us to learn from experts in the field and share promising approaches.

Webinar – Administrative Relief: Actions for Local Government

Thurs., Feb. 12 @ 1-1:30pm EST This webinar will cover the implications of administrative relief for local governments and their partners and steps to facilitate local implementation, as well as a discussion on current efforts to make the most of DACA expansion. Register here.

Webinar – Nonprofits on the Frontlines of Administrative Relief

Thurs., Feb. 26 @ 1-1:30pm EST This webinar will cover how nonprofits are rising to the challenges and opportunities of administrative relief. Register here.

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Share your voice on federal immigrant welcome & inclusion

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Two months ago, President Obama issued the memorandum Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an inter-agency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate New Americans into communities and engage receiving communities. Now, the White House is seeking your ideas to help shape the focus of federal immigrant integration strategy.

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Keep the momentum going

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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.

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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 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: (skip to 9:00 to hear President Obama recognize the welcoming movement).
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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 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

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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Will you join us?


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Will you join us in building a more Welcoming America?

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It takes more than a single day to live up to our values as a welcoming nation, but it’s remarkable what can be achieved in just a few short years by the power of we. At this historic welcoming moment, we reflect on what we have accomplished, and how we will move this country forward. Read the rest of this entry »

WA Updates: Administrative Relief Resources & Webinar, Join Us at the NIIC

(Webinar) Talking to Receiving Communities about Administrative Relief: Tips for Effective and Positive Messaging on Administrative Relief

Thursday, December 11 @ 1-2pm EST

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced a plan for administrative relief. This webinar will cover what administrative relief is – and what it is not – and how to talk about it to receiving communities, including helpful tips on messaging in a positive and persuasive way. Speakers include Kari Hong, Professor at Boston College Law School; Rachel Peric, Deputy Director at Welcoming America; and Amanda Cooper, Independent Consultant at Lightbox Cooperative. REGISTER NOW.

**Welcoming America is hosting this webinar as an independent organization. Though Welcoming America is a technical assistance provider for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the views and content shared are those of the organization only, and are neither offered nor funded under the auspices of ORR or the Welcoming Refugees technical assistance program.** Read the rest of this entry »

A Welcoming Moment

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Yesterday, the President announced Administrative Relief, a new program that will protect millions of immigrants from deportation. Regardless of the debate in Washington, where this policy will play out is in our communities. How we respond during this welcoming moment will reflect our commitment to the values that define us as Americans.

Over the next several months, communities across the country will have an important choice to make about how they treat those who are eligible to participate. Those who qualify already have deep roots in our communities. They are members of the local PTA, parishioners in the local church, and coaches of the local soccer team. If communities are welcoming and step up to the plate with their support and resources, we can succeed. We can succeed not only by making sure that no one is too afraid to enroll, but also by ensuring that millions can finally more fully participate and feel a sense of belonging in their communities. After all, when we feel welcome, we are much more likely to share our talents, ideas, and inspirations with those around us. Imagine the positive implications for our communities.
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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 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 »