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Latino Daily News

Wednesday November 10, 2010

20 U.S. Cities Recognized for Best Immigrant Integration Programs, Offers Tips to Others

The National League of Cities, which represents 1,600 member cities and 49 state municipal leagues, has released a report with its list of the nation’s top 20 cities for integrating immigrants into local communities.

The league recommended a nationwide strategy for incorporating immigrants into U.S. societies through partnerships with cities, states, social agencies, mayoral advisory boards, immigrant affairs offices, and by eliminating language barriers.

The report states:

“In the absence of a national immigrant integration policy, U.S. cities are responding to immigration challenges by working together with civil society organizations to address critical issues. Local governments have a central role as key partners for developing and implementing immigrant integration programs in cities and towns across the U.S. Cities have a responsibility for promoting social cohesion, including helping to fully integrate their immigrant residents into the mainstream community. [These] 20 cities…are meeting these challenges and are providing good examples of how other cities can create their own immigrant integration programs. Lessons learned from these 20 cities suggest a number of policy recommendations for local officials and federal and state policy makers across the nation,” including:

• Develop a nationwide strategy for immigrant integration.

• Partner with state governments.

• Cooperate with municipal agencies.

• Engage the host community.

• Address local demographics, issues, and challenges.

• Establish mayoral advisory boards and immigrant affairs offices.

• Recognize immigrant contributions to the economy.

• Eliminate language barriers.

Among the cities listed are Skokie, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Columbus, Ohio; Littleton and Boulder, Colorado.

The full report from the National League of Cities can be read in the HS News Library.