July 19, 2013
Council Member Participates in National Immigration Roundtable
On Monday, July 15th
I was invited to participate in an afternoon program focusing on immigrants,
the workforce and local policy sponsored by the Americas Society and Council of
the Americas (AS/COA).Since 2007, the
AS/COA, has become one of the leading forums for businesses, policymakers and
others to come together for positive dialogue on the contributions of
immigrants to the U.S. economy and to society in general.
The day’s program
included lunch where Mayor RT Rybak and St. Paul Deputy Mayor Paul Williams
spoke of the importance of immigration to the Twin Cities. The keynote speaker Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S.
Secretary of Commerce who is Chairman of the organization Republicans for
Immigration Reform, spoke to us about the importance of comprehensive
immigration reform and gave us an idea of what he believes will likely pass
this year in Washington, DC.
lunch I was invited to participate in a private, high-level, roundtable meeting
of local and national stakeholders to look at steps that both
the public and private sectors can take to facilitate immigrant workforce
development and entrepreneurship as well as how to maximize immigrants’ civic
contributions and the role of public policy in creating a welcoming community.
I was asked to speak to kick off discussion responding to the question ”“Moving Immigration Policy Forward: Why Do Cities Matter?" I spoke about
how I was approached by AS/COA last year to engage in a national dialogue due
to my interest and leadership on immigrant issues at the local, state and
national level. Representing a Ward where some 40 percent
of the residents are immigrants, the impacts of federal and state policy
becomes a local matter. Also, to the City of Minneapolis immigration is
necessary for the growth of our city and economy. It is important that we are a
welcoming community to immigrants as we compete with other US, and global, cities
for new residents.
A highlight for me was hearing from Fatima Shama,
Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and hearing
from her the impressive efforts of that city to welcome immigrants. Also,
enlightening was the data Commissioner Shama presented demonstrating the many
benefits of immigration to New York.
This event follows AS/COA dialogues in other immigrant
gateway cities. It is especially timely given national immigration discussions.
being organized in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota
Chamber of Commerce, The Minneapolis Foundation, the Chicano Latino Affairs
Council, Business Forward, and other local partners. It is part of our
nationwide immigration initiative supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Mondays with Robert
Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.
You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Gerardo at 673-2206 or Gerardo.Bonilla@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.
First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am
Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am
Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am
Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am
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