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Midwest Farm Town, Transformed by Immigration, Thrives

" Beardstown lost population from 1980 to 2000, from 7,232 to 5,766, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But it grew from 2000 to 2010, back up to 6,123. Blacks increased from 52 to 360, while the number of Latinos grew from 1,032 to 1,994. The number of whites fell from 5,233 in 2000 to 4,576...

Immigration Key to Future of the Midwest, Leaders Say

"[I]mmigration reform is key to the economic future of the Midwest and its ability to globally compete for talent, said a bipartisan group of business and civic leaders who gathered at the National Press Building in Washington D.C. for a conference entitled: “Immigration and U.S. Economic...

Midwest Economy Needs Immigration Reform: Juliana Kerr

"The Chicago Council on Global Affairs issued a report in February ( view the PDF ) in which a bipartisan group of more than 50 leaders including corporate CEOs, university presidents, small-business owners, doctors, mayors, lawyers, sheriffs, advocacy leaders and communities of faith prioritized...

Ailing Midwestern Cities Extend a Welcoming Hand to Immigrants

DAYTON, Ohio — "Fighting back from the ravages of industrial decline, this city adopted a novel plan two years ago to revive its economy and its spirits: become a magnet for immigrants. The Dayton City Commission voted to make the city “immigrant friendly,” with programs to...

Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

"A potent combination of declining population growth and economic stagnation has led many cities and metropolitan regions to rethink how to reinvigorate their communities. The Midwest is a prime example of this trend. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “the Midwest cannot...

Twitter Chat Today @ 2:00: Reimagining the Midwest - Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

"Elected 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, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council. Whether by launching...