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NCIIP: Task Force on New Americans (White House)

NCIIP: Task Force on New Americans (White House)

On November 21, 2014 President Obama released a presidential memorandum outlining efforts to be undertaken across federal agencies and in collaboration with state and local entities to better support the linguistic, economic, and civic integration of immigrants and refugees. Most importantly, the memo established a White House Task Force on New Americans charged with developing “a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate new Americans into communities and support state and local efforts to do the same.” That strategy is detailed in a National Integration Plan released on April 14, 2015.

The Task Force is broadly charged with reviewing “policies and programs of all relevant executive departments and agencies to ensure they are responsive to the needs of new Americans and the receiving communities in which they reside,” and reaching out to state and local government agencies, elected officials, and other stakeholders.

This represents a major step forward in creating the “brain circuitry” MPI has long argued is necessary to allow the federal government to understand and better address integration needs and opportunities.

This webpage allows stakeholders to follow developments in implementation of the presidential memo and learn about some of the many proposals made to better support the linguistic, economic, and civic integration of immigrants and refugees. Read input addressing a range of integration issues submitted to the Task Force by leading organizations.

 

Resources & Links

MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy submitted a wide-ranging set of recommendations to the White House Task Force on efforts the federal government could take to improve integration outcomes for immigrants and their young children. (Read it at right.) And below is input submitted by other leading organizations with recommendations to the Task Force on New Americans on a range of integration issues and actions they similarly have asked the Task Force to address:

•    Boston Mayor's Office of New Bostonians
​•    Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
•    Center for Law and Social Policy
•    Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
•    Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
•    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
•    National Council of La Raza
•    National Partnership for New Americans
•    National Skills Coalition
•    Naturalization Working Group
•    New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
•    Refugee Council USA
•    Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
•    State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement
•    Welcoming America
•    Welcoming Economies Global Network
•    YMCA of the USA

 

 

Recent Activity

Reports
March 2011
By Donald M. Kerwin, Doris Meissner, and Margie McHugh
Video, Audio
April 17, 2015

A discussion with the Director of The White House Domestic Policy Council on the content of the new National Integration Plan delivered to the President by the recently created White House Task Force on New Americans, along with the plan for implementation.

Video, Audio
March 18, 2015

Part of a series exploring issues likely to be addressed by the new National Integration Plan, this webinar, with perspectives from the cities of New York and Seattle and others examines possible recommendations on federal coordination of local government immigrant integration initiatives, including language access. 

Video, Audio
March 12, 2015
This webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the WE Global Network, and Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service, examines the role of economic development initiatives and refugee resettlement programs/infrastructure in immigrant integration.
Video, Audio
March 5, 2015
This webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the National Partnership for New Americans, and the National Skills Coalition, looks at the role of adult education and English language and skills training in the immigrant integration process.

Recent Activity

Commentary
October 2015

Whether driven by pragmatism, local laws, or federal civil-rights provisions, state and local governments and agencies across the United States increasingly have designed and implemented language access services (i.e. translation and interpretation) in response to growing Limited English Proficient populations. This commentary argues it is time for the federal government to follow suit.

Commentary
September 2015

Ahead of National Citizenship Day, this commentary examines how regulations for the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at state and local levels could jeopardize citizenship preparation services for millions of immigrants across the United States.

Video, Audio
April 17, 2015

A discussion with the Director of The White House Domestic Policy Council on the content of the new National Integration Plan delivered to the President by the recently created White House Task Force on New Americans, along with the plan for implementation.

Video, Audio, Webinars
March 18, 2015

Part of a series exploring issues likely to be addressed by the new National Integration Plan, this webinar, with perspectives from the cities of New York and Seattle and others examines possible recommendations on federal coordination of local government immigrant integration initiatives, including language access. 

Video, Audio, Webinars
March 12, 2015
This webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the WE Global Network, and Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service, examines the role of economic development initiatives and refugee resettlement programs/infrastructure in immigrant integration.
Video, Audio, Webinars
March 5, 2015
This webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the National Partnership for New Americans, and the National Skills Coalition, looks at the role of adult education and English language and skills training in the immigrant integration process.
Reports
March 2011

In the absence of new U.S. immigration reform legislation, this report examines the opportunities that exist within the executive branch and the administration to refine and strengthen current U.S. immigration laws and policies. The administration can exercise its authority to field policies, programs, and procedures that are effective and fair in advancing the goals of the U.S. immigration system.