Migration Policy Institute
The New National Integration Plan: Making the Most of a Historic Opportunity
Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
Margie McHugh, Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
Eva Millona, Co-Chair, National Partnership for New Americans, and Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Michael Fix, President, Migration Policy Institute
Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
The recently convened White House Task Force on New Americans, in a historic first, on April 14 unveiled a report to the President that aims to improve and better coordinate federal strategies that support the successful integration of immigrants into U.S. communities. The delivery of this National Integration Plan represents a major step forward in improving the federal government’s ability to both directly address the linguistic, economic, and civic integration needs of immigrants and refugees, and serve as a resource for state and local governments working to integrate immigrants into their classrooms, workplaces, and communities. This conversation with the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Co-Chair of the Task Force on New Americans, Cecilia Muñoz, focuses on the plan’s promise and implementation goals. MPI’s National Center for Immigrant Integration Policy, which has long advocated for creation of a White House Office to provide the “brain circuitry” the federal government needs in order to better understand and address immigrant integration needs, made a series of recommendations to the Task Force, as did a number of organizations that provide services to immigrants or advocate on their behalf. We invite you to visit our webpage that provides further information about the Task Force.