Immigrants and refugees are engaged, respected, and have opportunities to reach their fullest potential.
To facilitate and accelerate immigrant integration through civic, economic, linguistic, and social inclusion.
- It is essential to engage the receiving community in ways that build greater understanding, particularly among people who may have concerns about or are unaware of the changing demographics of their community.
- People of all backgrounds – socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, etc. – have unique talents that can be brought to bear to make our communities vibrant, and welcoming should be as inclusive as possible to all groups.
- Programs intended to help immigrants navigate the community and learn about local norms should also be respectful of and leverage the cultural and leadership assets and knowledge that immigrants bring.
- Leaders can play a catalytic role by recognizing, rewarding, and investing in community partners who are essential to building a community’s capacity for this work.
- The voice of both immigrants and the broader community are critical to defining a welcoming agenda.
Welcoming San José Plan
This three-year plan sets forth the goals and strategies that will help facilitate and accelerate the integration of immigrants into our community. The Welcoming San José - a plan for civic, economic, linguistic, and social integration demonstrates dedication to make the vision a reality; a future where immigrants and refugees are engaged, respected, and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. As of 2014, more than 38% of San José's population were immigrants. This plan will continue to make San José a welcoming place of opportunity for all.
Solidarity Message from the Mayor Sam Liccardo
"Recent events have left many thousands of our San José residents -- about forty percent of whom were born in a foreign country -- in fear. Some of our neighbors, friends, and family fear changes in immigration rules or enforcement that could separate their families. Others voice concerns about proposed federal "registries" of community members of the Muslim faith. Still others point to the nationwide spike in "hate crimes" in recent days...We've got your back."
Mensaje de Solidaridad del Alcalde Sam Liccardo
“Los hechos recientes han dejado a miles de nuestros residentes de San José -- alrededor del cuarenta por ciento de los cuales nacieron en un país extranjero -- con miedo. Algunos de nuestros vecinos, amigos y familiares temen los cambios en las reglas de inmigración que podrían separar a sus familias. Otros expresan preocupación acerca del proyecto federal de "registros" de los miembros de la comunidad de la fe musulmana. Otros señalan el aumento de los "crímenes de odio" a nivel nacional en los últimos días…Los vamos a respaldar.”