Advancing Justice-Chicago executive director, Tuyet Le penned an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune for their series “A Plan of Chicago” proposing a city that embraces its great strength, its immigrant community.
Check out this excerpt from the piece:
Nearly one in every seven Illinois residents is an immigrant, and more than 90 percent of those immigrants live in metropolitan Chicago. While Chicago’s overall population declined from 2000 to 2010, the immigrant community grew, with Asians in particular growing at a rapid clip of nearly 20 percent. Whether it’s opening small businesses, revitalizing neighborhoods or introducing new cuisines, the constant flow of immigrants to our city infuses new energy and hope with every generation. Whether Chicago becomes, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel says, “the most immigrant-friendly city in America” is not a matter of choice but of necessity; we are engaged in a global race with other cities for foreign investment and international standing.