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Welcoming in the News

Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.

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Rachel Peric: Ohio Rewarded For Embracing Immigrants

Ohio has long served as a microcosm of the United States. At a time of rising fears about immigrants and demographic change, these pragmatic efforts rooted in local values offer a counterpoint to the vitriol.

A More Welcoming American Dream

That work of building a common American Dream starts in communities, where neighbors of all stripes can get to work on common projects. The cooperation we see during times of natural disaster show us that this possible.  

Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

President Trump supports a plan that would halve the number of newcomers—and cut off the Midwest’s “demographic lifeline.”​

Anchorage embraces role as welcoming city

Anchorage is proud of its heritage and poised to be a globally competitive, culturally vibrant community ready to take on the opportunities and challenges we face at the edge of the Arctic.

Code the Dream in Durham helps immigrant and refugee communities give back and diversify tech world

A Code the Dream program is helping to steer people from immigrant, refugee and minority communities into computer programming jobs and tech careers. The classes are being offered through Uniting NC, a Welcoming America member, and the American Underground, a startup incubator.

As United States cracks down on refugee resettlement, the ‘Ellis Island of the South’ keeps open arms

Clarkston, Georgia’s, streets are dotted with community centers and immigrant and refugee-owned businesses. “The future is going to look more diverse, more ethnically complex,” Mayor Ted Terry said. “If we can make that work in Clarkston, then it gives me hope for the rest of the world.”

Global Cleveland spotlighting immigrant and refugee-owned businesses

Global Cleveland is spotlighting Northeast Ohio's international entrepreneurs by compiling and promoting a directory of more than 75 local restaurants, shops, and businesses started by immigrants and refugees. The list is the first of its kind in Greater Cleveland.

Americans are welcomers, not wall-builders

Although the expansion of intolerance and xenophobia in America today is disturbing and, unfortunately, familiar, there is a counter-narrative that has also run through our history as a nation. This is the story of the “Welcomers,” those who have led the charge for inclusion — be it of immigrants, African Americans, Jews, LGBT-Americans, or the many other groups who have faced prejudice and persecution in our country.

Immigrants are bolstering the Pittsburgh metro area population

Without an influx of international migration to the Pittsburgh metro area, the region would have lost 36,580 residents since 2010. This would have been far and away the largest population decline of any large U.S. metro area over that time span. Luckily, enough people came across borders to the Steel City, drastically cutting into the figure, and stemming some the region’s population decline.

Immigrants revitalize Detroit

Immigration has been quietly powering the population growth, neighborhood revitalization, innovation, entrepreneurship, and broad diversity upon which a bright future for Detroit’s neighborhoods and current residents can be secured. Not only do immigrants in Detroit make up an outsized percentage of the self-employed but they are also preventing the city’s population from shrinking.

Photo series highlights success of welcoming initiative in Dayton, OH

Dayton has long been considered an immigrant-friendly community. In the mid-1990s, Dayton helped end the Bosnian War with peace talks. In 2010, then-Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and a Turkish native started the Welcome Dayton initiative. In 2017, a local photographer decided to turn the lens on immigrants in Dayton to hear from them about how they’ve been welcomed in the city.

Why Houston is becoming more accepting of immigration

The continued growth in positive attitudes toward immigrants is thanks largely to a younger generation of Houstonians that is more diverse and more comfortable with diversity than older generations. For example, 37 percent of the baby boom generation and 35 percent of Gen Xers felt immigration into the country mostly threatens American culture, but only 13 percent of millennials agreed.

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