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Director Jordan Peele Casts More Immigrant Actors, Tells More Inclusive Stories 

Director Jordan Peele Casts More Immigrant Actors, Tells More Inclusive Stories 

The biased and narrow portrayal of immigrants and people of color in Hollywood is not a new phenomenon. However, some are beginning to turn the tide. As a 2017 study points out, 50 percent of Latino immigrants on television are portrayed as criminals. 33 percent of Black immigrants are portrayed as criminals or incarcerated. The same is true for […]

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How America’s Fluid Racial Identities Are Challenging the Assumption of a Declining White Majority

How America’s Fluid Racial Identities Are Challenging the Assumption of a Declining White Majority

For years, politicians, the media, and social scientists have predicted a declining white-majority population in the United States and a not-too-distant future where minorities assume political dominance. However, demographic realities are far more complex than we think, and a declining white majority may not be as imminent as once thought. Yet for some members of […]

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Immigrants Have More Faith in American Institutions Than the Native-Born

Written by on February 7, 2019 in Changing Culture, Demographics, Public Attitudes with 0 Comments
Immigrants Have More Faith in American Institutions Than the Native-Born

Despite the fact that immigrants living in and arriving in the United States today are not exactly receiving a warm welcome by key government institutions, a recent poll by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants’ faith in America’s key political institutions is strong. In fact, stronger than that of the native-born. General attitudes among the […]

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How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

Small and rural towns across America are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges that come with settling new immigrants. In nearly 3,000 rural American towns, the immigrant population grew by 130 percent since 1990. While immigrants are increasingly credited with bringing growth and stimulus to small town America, their arrival can also create tension […]

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How to Engage in an Immigration Debate Where Everyone Has Their Own Facts

How to Engage in an Immigration Debate Where Everyone Has Their Own Facts

Advocates of immigrant rights decry working in what feels like the age of the fact-free debate. A debate driven in large part by leaders willing to cherry-pick facts on immigration that encourage division and sacrifice solutions. Yet, all of us have a role to play in improving the nature of the public debate on immigration. […]

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This Thanksgiving, Resist the Divided America Story

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Changing Culture, Civil Dialogue, Integration with 0 Comments
This Thanksgiving, Resist the Divided America Story

“What if this is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?” asked Valerie Kaur in her famed “Sikh Prayer for America.” In this prayer, she contemplates an America that is not on the verge of demise, but of rebirth.

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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and given the shrill and often negative rhetoric we hear around immigration, it seems more important than ever to take time to appreciate our immigration history and what newcomers bring to our nation and our lives. Though our country’s roots can be largely traced back to successive generations of immigrants, […]

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What Views Do Millennials Hold Around Immigration?

What Views Do Millennials Hold Around Immigration?

The Millennial Generation constitutes the most racially and ethnically diverse generation America has ever known. Millennials are the largest living generation by population size (79.8 million in 2016) and are the generation with the largest number of individuals who identify as multiracial. A recent study on millennial attitudes around immigration reveals interesting and sometimes contradictory […]

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Welcoming Week Opens Its Arms to Immigrants Across the Country

Welcoming Week Opens Its Arms to Immigrants Across the Country

Each year, a series of events and community gatherings take place across America that bring both the foreign- and native-born together to build inclusive communities. These “Welcoming Week” activities are hosted by local governments and community groups working to create a nation of neighbors. This year, the series of community events and gatherings will take […]

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