Welcoming Cities & Counties Reaches 50 Members

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The immigrant welcoming movement has hit a major milestone: Welcoming America’s Welcoming Cities and Counties program has reached 50 members with the recent addition of the City of Decatur, Georgia. In under two years, the Welcoming Cities and Counties program has grown from 18 members to 50 members, more than doubling the number of municipalities dedicated to welcoming immigrants. “The pace of enrollment continues to pick up; 50 cities and counties is really just the tip of the iceberg. It won’t be too long before all localities will feel they are falling behind if they don’t move in this direction,” Lubell said. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Hiring!

We are excited to share that our staff will be growing! Below are descriptions of five positions we are seeking to hire. We encourage you to apply to any positions that interest you and to share this announcement with your network.

You can see the full list of open positions on our jobs page.

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The World Economic Forum Names David Lubell a 2015 Young Global Leader


We are excited to announce that Welcoming America founder and Executive Director David Lubell has been chosen as a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been selected from thousands of leaders for this prestigious program.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation of leaders who have dedicated their time and talent to helping make the world a better place. Leaders hail from around the world and from all sectors of society including private, public, and civil society. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »