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.