Our Immigrants, Our Strength


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Life jackets along the NYC waterfront — a reminder

❝ World leaders are gathering in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly, and at the top of their agenda sits a refugee crisis that has reached a level of urgency not seen since World War II. The United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants and President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees represent a watershed moment that is putting a global spotlight on the need for an effective response to a growing humanitarian crisis…

❝ As the mayors of three great global cities — New York, Paris and London — we urge the world leaders assembling at the United Nations to take decisive action to provide relief and safe haven to refugees fleeing conflict and migrants fleeing economic hardship, and to support those who are already doing this work.

We will do our part, too. Our cities pledge to continue to stand for inclusivity, and that is why our cities support services and programs that help all residents, including our diverse immigrant communities, feel welcome, so that every resident feels part of our great cities…

❝ Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. Refugees and other foreign-born residents bring needed skills and enhance the vitality and growth of local economies, and their presence has long benefited our three cities.

❝ Our cities are also on the front lines of helping those fleeing violence or persecution connect to critical, often lifesaving, services. Paris is one of the first major municipalities to open a refugee center in the heart of the city. Beginning in October, the center will provide services and basic necessities, as well as administrative support, to 400 refugees. New York has placed city representatives in immigration court to connect the thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America seeking asylum to crucial health, education and other social services. Last year London boroughs provided support to more than 1,000 unaccompanied, asylum-seeking children, and the city is now developing new ways of working with communities to offer support to resettled refugees.

❝ We know policies that embrace diversity and promote inclusion are successful. We call on world leaders to adopt a similar welcoming and collaborative spirit on behalf of the refugees all over the world during the summit meeting this week. Our cities stand united in the call for inclusivity. It is part of who we are as citizens of diverse and thriving cities.

RTFA for the details. This was published by the mayors of New York City, Paris and London. Not only cities for the successful – but, for the people of those cities trying to build anew.

12 thoughts on “Our Immigrants, Our Strength

    • p/s says:

      Einstein’s 1941 Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, Begging Asylum for Jewish Refugees http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/12/13/albert_einstein_eleanor_roosevelt_1941_letter_asking_the_first_lady_to_help.html

      According to the UNHCR, in 2015 there were some 65.3 million people throughout the world who had been uprooted from their homes by conflict and persecution. Over 20 million of these people are refugees, i.e., they have fled from a well-founded fear of persecution, crossed a national border, and received refugee status from either the United Nations or a state. Between three and four million of them are now in the process of claiming asylum outside their home country. The rest are “internally displaced persons” who have not crossed national borders. Such large numbers of displaced people have not been seen since World War II: were they a nation, it would be the twenty-first-largest on earth, the size of California and Texas combined, the same as the United Kingdom. On average, 34,000 people were forced to flee their homes every day of 2015.

  1. Jimmy Click says:

    1906-1912 Ellis Island portraits : The faces that became America http://mashable.com/2015/09/07/ellis-island-portraits/#qw4E0.M28kqA Throughout his tenure as a registry clerk with the Immigration Division of Ellis Island, Augustus F. Sherman systematically photographed more than 200 families, groups, and individuals while they were being held by customs for special investigations. See also Sherman’s images colorized by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome using extensive historical research to accurately and authentically reproduce the colors of each immigrant’s distinctive and proud national fashions. http://mashable.com/2016/10/01/ellis-island-immigrants-in-color/#09cKqaZprOqd and “Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920” by Peter Mesenhöller (2005)

  2. Mad Hatter says:

    In a scathing editorial this weekend, the Washington Post described how President Trump could freely deport swaths of American immigrants (Federal law gives presidents the power to bar any “class of aliens” they deem “detrimental to the interests of the United States”) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-president-trump-could-deport-freely/2016/10/02/7bfab170-81d5-11e6-8327-f141a7beb626_story.html Also regards the potential economic impacts of Trump’s proposed mass deportation see http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/09/21/economic-cost-deporting-undocumented-immigrants/ for the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants. In addition it’s estimated removing the entire current undocumented immigrant population from the United States would cost $100 billion to $300 billion and that an additional $315 billion would be needed to keep new immigrants from unlawfully living in the country. http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/09/21/economic-cost-deporting-undocumented-immigrants/ That amount doesn’t include the cost of building “a great, great wall on our southern border”, which Trump has said could cost $8 billion to $12 billion. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/26/how-trump-plans-build-wall-along-us-mexico-border/

  3. Mother of Exiles says:

    “Immigrants Play a Disproportionate Role in American Entrepreneurship” (Harvard Business Review 10/3/16) https://hbr.org/2016/10/immigrants-play-a-disproportionate-role-in-american-entrepreneurship “One argument you tend to hear in the immigration debate in the U.S. is that there is a fixed number of jobs in the economy — and immigrants just compete for a slice of the pie rather than helping the pie grow. This perspective is less prevalent when talking about startups, however, because the rate of entrepreneurship has declined significantly in the U.S. over the last 30 years, and fewer startups are being generated today.
    With many places looking to stoke economic growth, state and local governments have clamored to launch initiatives to attract more immigrant entrepreneurs, hoping they will found businesses and create more jobs. Globally, many countries are doing the same…
    Immigrants constitute 15% of the general U.S. workforce, but they account for around a quarter of U.S. entrepreneurs (which we define as the top three initial earners in a new business). This is comparable to what we see in innovation and patent filings, where immigrants also account for about a quarter of U.S. inventors.”

  4. Ra'ashan says:

    An Iowan responds to Steve King, a Republican congressman from western Iowa, after his declaration that “cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end”. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2016/10/02/king-heres-real-cultural-suicide-iowa-faces/91304942/ See also “Iowa Republican Steve King Joins Trump In Publicly Embracing Aryan Fascists” http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/01/republican-steve-king-joins-trump-publicly-embracing-aryan-fascists.html and “In a Time of Trump, Millennial Jews Awaken to Anti-Semitism : A new generation is experiencing an age-old hatred for the first time. But why has the Jewish right looked away?” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/donald-trump-anti-semitism-young-jews-214314

  5. Yikes says:

    “Donald Trump warns that 650 million immigrants could come to the U.S. in a week. Let’s do the math!” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/31/donald-trump-warns-that-650-million-immigrants-could-come-to-the-u-s-in-a-week-lets-do-the-math/ “…If literally every person in South America suddenly decided that Reno was a more appealing place to live than Rio, we could see 422 million people slowly make their way up to the United States. Add in everyone from Central America and we’re at nearly 600 million. If every Canadian decided to move south, we hit 633 million, still a bit short. If every non-American in the Western Hemisphere decided to move to the United States, we’d be talking about 677 million people.”

  6. Mick says:

    “Climate changes triggered immigration to America in the 19th century” (European Geosciences Union Nov 21, 2017) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/egu-cct111717.php
    “…In the past few years, climate has taken a central stage in migration discussions since future climate change is expected to lead to mass migration (‘climate refugees’), as sea levels rise and extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and hurricanes, become more frequent. The team hope their study can shed some light on the various factors influencing migration and how important climate can be in triggering mass movements of people.” Includes link to the publication “Climate of the Past”, along with the paper and the journal’s website.

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