Welcoming America: A Movement to Embrace Newcomers
Social Work and Human Services
When Pope Francis urged the United States and the world to view newcomers as people — seeing their faces and listening to their stories with the goal of responding to their current plight in the best possible manner — that rallying call was not just for the most recent wave of newcomers, but for all persons, both native- and foreign-born. This rallying call forms a strong counter-narrative to current political discourse, one that is echoed at the local level. For instance, despite politicians’ ongoing ideological battle over comprehensive immigration reform and the admission of refugees into the U.S., there is encouraging news at local levels as some U.S. cities have been engaging their new neighbors through the “Welcoming Movement.”
Insight Into Diversity
Rodriguez, D. X. (2016, May). “Welcoming America: A Movement to Embrace Newcomers” in Insight into Diversity. St. Louis, MO: Potomac Publishing, Inc. (pp. 28-29).