Why Immigrants Are Moving To Other Cities And Not Cleveland

Mayor Frank Jackson and challenger Ken Lancie spoke to the Plain Dealer editorial board today. They answered a series of questions, including one on immigration and helping to bring in more immigrants to the city. The article can be read here.

I’m not in any way saying I support Ken Lancie over Mayor Jackson, so I’ll get that out of the way from the start. But their answers to the immigration question were vastly different. It was telling, that Mayor Jackson thinks we need to improve the economy and job situation in Cleveland and ‘take care of Cleveland first.’ He doesn’t seem to understand that developing a concerted effort and quality strategy to welcome more immigrants to Cleveland will enhance the revitalization of Cleveland, not hinder it. He seems to be saying that no one will want to come here unless we continue making changes and improvements. That’s telling too.

I know there are people and a few organizations trying to welcome immigrants on their own. But the small numbers coming here? The current city administration’s plan of action tells me why the numbers are so small.

We don’t have to wait for some National immigration reform bill to make things happen, to increase our population and bring in more jobs, businesses and tax payers. Other cities have been doing that well, and within the existing structure of immigration law and restrictions. It’s not happening here because there is apparently only tepid support from City Hall to make this happen.

I wish there was some way to change Mayor Jackson’s mind.

Farm Credit Canada Tells Us How Population Diversity (Immigration) Is Paving The Way For New Food Producers

Fascinating article by Farm Credit Canada (FCC) because it hones in on agriculture and animal farming as it relates to consumer demand of new Canadians (i.e., immigrants) . They point out quite a few interesting facts, but I will leave you with one:

“…In 2011, immigration contributed 66 per cent of Canadian population growth while natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for the remainder. Statistics Canada projects immigration will comprise nearly 80 per cent of Canada’s population growth by 2030 because of declining birth rates and an aging population. ”

 

Cleveland’s population growth is negligible, not only because of birth rate but because of how many people leave.  The FCC article says 66% of Canada’s population growth can be attributed to immigration.

 

 

Wilmington NC Church Celebrates Becoming a Basilica While Celebrating Immigration

The Church (now a Basilica), the Bishop, and parishioners all weighed in on the need to embrace immigrants.  Very cool article about why some people in Wilmington, North Carolina are hoping for comprehensive immigration reform.

LULAC Provides Specifics on How Sensible Immigration Reform Can Fix Ohio’s Broken Economy

Key points to the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) report for the entire Nation are provided on their site. Some things make perfect sense.

1. Because increased immigration brings with it an enrichment of culture, tourism would grow nationally.

2. GDP would rise, the Federal Deficit would be reduced – LULAC estimates – by $850 million over the next 20 years.

You can read more about it on the LULAC site here.

Of keen interest to all of us in NE Ohio would be their report on how the reforms (using the Senate Bill as a model) would affect the State of Ohio.

They suggest if immigration reform was in place by Fall of 2013, the increase in workers paying taxes and adding to the economy by the end of 2014 would be 10,000 new people.

Me? I always like the original source. Who came up with these stats, anyway? Regional Economics Models, Inc., that’s who. They are headquartered in Massachusetts and have other interesting things on their site like webinars. They also do economic modeling for other issues.

The idea that Congress is going to deal with immigration reform and put more sensible laws in place before December of 2013 is nice but probably not happening. I guess we could all be pleasantly surprised…

Cleveland’s St. Clair/Superior Neighborhood Is A Complexity of Wonderful Creativity and Cultures

Asia Town, with thousands of Asian residents, artists, shops and restaurants, would make this area interesting all by itself. But this neighborhood is also home to a long-time Slovenian population, Ethiopian and more.

St. Clair Superior sits well positioned if you work at the Cleveland Clinic, Public Square, attend school at Cleveland State and there is excellent public transportation to get you to any of these places.

Watch the video below to see what people who live and work their now are saying about their community.

Here is a link to a Fresh Water Cleveland article from 2011 on this vibrant, multi-cultural  neighborhood:

http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/features/stclairsuperior110311.aspx

Watch the video — it’s a neighborhood that welcomes and celebrates immigrants as well as long time residents and visitors.

 

Good Ideas Here, Including One Directly Involving Immigrants

City Wire Net featured a story on some creative ideas developed to try to apply the preventive measure method to cities, in the hopes of avoiding pitfalls before they happen, not after.

The horse may have already left the barn on a few of these issues here in NE Ohio. But it’s never too late. The article is  CityWireNet deals with Smart City Thinking.

There is a cool idea about ‘aging in place’ housing (some of which, by the way, we already have here in NE Ohio) that can benefit everyone as the aging population of baby boomers becomes the aged. Also other ideas, but the one that struck me the most?

A way to help immigrants assimilate into a community while helping their children in schools, which helps the students learn and keeps the parents involved. The idea is so good, it could only be better if every parental ‘pod,’ no matter what form, was made to participate as well.  Okay, here is the quote about that:

In Chicago public schools, foreign-born and low-income parents are being offered posts as teaching assistants in elementary classrooms – a route to workforce experience while they receive English language training and a modest stipend. Building new community connections, the immigrants and other challenged parents also become acquainted with – and can better support – their children’s school curriculum.

Three Upcoming Global Cleveland Events

Maybe you just want to find out more about Global Cleveland. There are two informational events being held at the Global Cleveland Hub. They seem to be monthly.

When: August 22, 2013 (tonight) and September 27, 2013

Time: 5:30 pm

Where: Global Cleveland Welcome Hub 200 Public Square, Suite 150, Cleveland OH 44114

Then on August 29th (next Thursday) you can enjoy a night out and potentially meet new or boomerangs or immigrating Cleveland area peeps. Cut and paste from the event announcement:

Event: Global Cleveland’s quarterly welcoming event for newcomers – Tap Into Cleveland Heights! Join Global Cleveland and FutureHeights for a night of food, drinks and fun at Nighttown Jazz Club and Restaurant, one of Cleveland Heights hottest spots. Plus, learn what Cleveland Heights Neighborhood has to offer!

To RSVP, please visit: https://tapintoclevelandheightsgc.eventbrite.com