In New York City, we have had a longstanding commitment to serving immigrants. Whether they arrived decades ago or just yesterday, immigrant New Yorkers deserve the same access to services that we provide all of our residents. Immigrants are entrepreneurial—they make up nearly half of New York City’s small business owners—and we have to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to start and grow their enterprises. Immigrants are also the parents of many of our City’s 1.1 million school children, and we need them to be actively involved in our public school system to help our students succeed. Finally, immigrants are members of our communities, and when community members are isolated from vital information and services, it puts the entire city at risk. Providing access to services is practical, and it’s also the right thing to do.
Over the past several years, I have championed collaboration among cities and replication of successful models that help cities better serve their residents. With the introduction of the Blueprints for Immigrant Integration, I am proud to share with you much of what we have learned about serving immigrants in New York City, with the hope that you may apply some of the same fundamental concepts to supporting your city’s immigrant communities and facilitating their successful integration—for the benefit of all your residents.
As cities, we have much to learn from each other. I look forward to working with you toward a better, brighter future for immigrants and their neighbors.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor, City of New York