Oct 25, 2011

Immigration Realities: Struggling Dayton, Ohio, reaches out to immigrants

SanFranciscoChronicle: "Dayton, Ohio, has adopted a plan not only to encourage immigrants to come and feel welcome here, but also to use them to help pull out of an economic tailspin. Dayton officials, who adopted the "Welcome Dayton" plan unanimously Oct. 5, say they aren't condoning illegal immigration; those who come here illicitly will continue to be subject to U.S. laws. But Dayton is leaving enforcement to federal authorities and focusing instead on how to attract and assimilate those who come legally.

Mayor Gary Leitzell told the city commission before the vote that immigrants bring "new ideas, new perspectives and new talent to our workforce. ... To reverse the decades-long trend of economic decline in this city, we need to think globally."" read more

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