December 15, 2015
Report partners: Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA), Welcoming America, and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at USC.
Written by: Manuel Pastor (CSII), Rhonda Ortiz (CSII), and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York)
"Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration" identifies 64 city-level institutions in places as diverse as Nashville, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City where local authorities are promoting immigrant integration.
In recent months, the tenor of the debate around immigrants and refugees in the United States has frequently gone beyond realities and figures, touching on deep concerns about identity in a changing America.
This report provides a fact-based approach to the efforts that municipal governments as well as civic and business leaders are making to defuse potential tension and capitalize on the considerable impact that immigrants make in boosting the U.S. economic and civic vitality.
In the absence of a coordinated effort at the federal level, U.S. cities and metropolitan areas are at the frontlines of the economic, social, and civil integration of the foreign-born population. By examining the origins, functions, and goals of existing immigrant integration initiatives, this report identifies best practices and offer recommendations for other cities to follow.