Immigrant Inclusion Yields Strong Communities

Communications Associate

December 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cities and towns across the country continue to point to immigrants as a driving force behind economic recovery and strength.

Exhibit A: Phoenix.

In a Thursday Atlantic article, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton discusses immigrant innovation and contributions to the city that have led to statewide benefits.

Knowing the importance of immigration to all those living in the city, Stanton said he plans to push back against the incoming presidential administration’s promised anti-immigrant measures. Taking away the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he said, “is completely self-defeating and no city would be more hurt by that than Phoenix.”

In response to the needs of their communities, leaders in faith, law enforcement and business have joined the growing Latino and Asian electorate in pushing back against anti-immigrant laws in Arizona. The result? More welcoming churches, a booming housing market and thousands of new jobs, to name a few.

Mayor Stanton isn’t alone. Smaller cities — including Appleton, Wisconsin, and Davenport, Iowa — continue to seek a better response to their immigrant neighbors.

“Leaders in rural towns and major cities alike want effective immigration solutions that benefit their entire communities,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “These communities serve as an example for how welcoming new Americans can benefit all of us.”