Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

September 23, 2014

By: Juliana Kerr, Director, Global Cities and Immigration; Paul McDaniel, Research Fellow, American Immigration Council; Melissa Guinan, Officer, Studies

Elected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council.

Whether by launching programs to infuse the local economy with new talent or adopting strategies to socially integrate immigrants, there is an unprecedented commitment from local leaders understanding the importance of immigrant integration in the region. This report puts the range of Midwestern initiatives into context, offering a concise overview of state, city, and metropolitan programs, as well as the robust non-governmental civic initiatives that sometimes operate alongside, or in place of, government-driven programs. By documenting the array of initiatives in the region, the report serves as a resource for others interested in replicating these models, highlights the extent of the momentum building in this part of the country, and encourages greater regional collaboration and engagement for individuals and organizations working on these issues.

Generous support for this report was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

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