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

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How refugee neighbors changed a man’s mind about Muslims

John Dutcher hated Muslims. But then he met his refugee neighbors and actually took the time to listen to their stories and get to know them. An amazing thing happened: “They took the hatred out of me,” he says, tears welling up in his eyes.

How immigrants are helping Detroit’s recovery

Immigrants play a crucial role in revitalizing neighborhoods, communities, and economies. Just look to Detroit where new businesses are opening and flourishing, homes are being renovated, and the city is even investing in a new light-rail line.

The real link between crime and refugees

Nine out of ten cities studied saw property and violent crime levels decline—some by drastic amounts. In Southfield, Michigan, violent crime dropped by 77% between 2006-2015. Decatur, GA, outside Atlanta, saw a 62.2% decrease between 2007-2015.

A surprising salve for New York’s beleaguered cities: Refugees

Refugees settling in the beleaguered communities along New York’s old Erie Canal have been a surprising salve for decades of dwindling population and opportunity. Impact has been both low-budget and high-tech: Foreign-born students have flocked to programs — and paid tuition and fees — at upstate schools offering advanced scientific degrees, while street-level entrepreneurs have started shops.

Welcoming America Founder David Lubell discusses a new era for welcoming

Our Founder David Lubell talked with Atlanta's NPR station about what President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and refugees mean for welcoming.

Restaurants vow to protect undocumented workers

Nearly 300 restaurants across the U.S. are pledging to create safe and equitable work environments for undocumented employees. "We want a place that is free of intimidation, free of hate. There's a place here at the table for everyone. Including people that may not like us, but our workers are scared."

Salt Lake mayor, police chief pledge safety for immigrants despite executive order

Despite an executive order that they say brings confusion and fear, the mayor and police chief of Salt Lake City, a Welcoming America member, stood alongside advocates and other elected officials to declare the city won't be changing the way it treats immigrants and refugees.

Boise "Welcoming City" Resolution Affirms City Commitment to Immigrants

The City of Boise, a Welcoming America member, unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to being an inviting community for all its residents—whether they be refugees, immigrants, or otherwise.

'You are welcome here' - School for refugees plastered with signs

On Monday, when students arrived at school, they were greeted by signs. Dozens and dozens of them planted along the sidewalks. They'd been placed by neighbors -- and strangers -- who wanted to send a message of solidarity after President Trump's executive order banning refugee resettlement.

In Anchorage, AK, supporting immigrants part of recession solution

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation most recent statistics from 2014 show that foreign-born residents contributed $1.9 billion of the city’s $13 billion economy and that more than $27 million in state and local taxes came from Anchorage immigrants.


Cities in Midwest, Rust Belt say they need immigrants

An array of Republican and Democratic officials from across the Rust Belt and Midwest are united in concern about President Donald Trump’s clampdown on refugees and certain immigrants for one overriding reason: Their communities need more people.

A model for welcoming refugees in rural communities

Rutland, Vermont, is a place to watch. The rural community faces challenges similar to those of struggling towns across America. Rutland is also something of a test case for rural communities potentially interested in combining humanitarian outreach and local economic development motivations to revitalize their community and to help people in need.