White House Recognizes Welcoming America Champions of Change

Welcoming America presented the final plenary, Reflections on Immigration, at the 2012 REA Meeting in Atlanta.  On September 19 the White House honored ten leaders with the Welcoming America organization — helping immigrants integrate civically, linguistically and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods – and our nation. As the debate in Washington on immigration moves forward, local community leaders across the country are recognizing that immigrants make us stronger and are working in their communities to create welcoming climates that harness the economic and social potential that newcomers bring.  Ten Welcoming America “Champions of Change” were honored by the White House  for their innovative efforts to lift up newcomer contributions and involve the whole community in supporting successful immigrant integration.  The group includes local leaders from across the country whose cutting edge initiatives – from Nashville to Detroit – demonstrate the growing interest among local communities to ensure that everyone – including immigrants – have the opportunity to contribute and succeed.  As the country is reshaped by demographic change, these leaders offer a fresh vision for how communities can make the most of their diversity. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions/welcoming-america for a list of the Champions and their bios.

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