Monday, February 18, 2019

What Cities Can Do to Promote Immigrant Integration? An Example from the Central Valley of California

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Some have argued that, with respect to immigrants, state and local governments should focus on how to best integrate immigrants into the community rather than to attempt to facilitate immigration enforcement.  A city in the Central Valley of California, known for its agriculture and not known for being liberal, has taken a step toward facilitating immigrant integration.

Last week, the Fresno City Council unanimously passed a resolution to establish a 15-member immigrant affairs committee. The committee will be tasked with advising the City Council on issues related to immigrants.

The resolution begins as follows:

"WHEREAS, fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of origin, enhances the City of Fresno’s cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness, and overall prosperity for current and future generations; and

WHEREAS, the City of Fresno is home to a diverse population of immigrants from around the world, speaking over one-hundred different languages, and adding to the cultural richness of our community . . . ."


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