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

September 23, 2014

09/14 By Juliana Kerr, Paul McDaniel and Melissa Guinan                                                                                                                                                      The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council

Immigration Policy Center logoElected 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. 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.

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Report Launch: Immigration and U.S. Competitiveness: A View from the Midwest

February 22, 2013

technicians making repairs - industry job trainingNext Thursday, February 28, 2013

The economic future of the Midwest rests in part on US immigration policy. The twin realities of a struggling industrial base and population decline demand a rethinking of how the country and region attracts and retains human capital. Join cochairs and members of The Chicago Council’s independent task force on US Economic Competitiveness at Risk: A Midwest Call to Action on Immigration Reform, as they release their report, 12 months in the making. This report release event will introduce attendees to immigration initiatives being undertaken throughout the Midwest to promote the region’s economic competitiveness.

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