Baltimore seeks to attract immigrants to stop population decline

After decades of seeing the city’s population slide with every census count, Baltimore is embracing immigrants, in the hope they will encourage friends and family to join them, according to The Washington Post.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) has told Latinos, in particular, that she is counting on them to help Baltimore gain 10,000 families within a decade. As a first step, she signed an order in Marchprohibiting police and social agencies from discriminating against any resident based on immigration status or their inhability to speak English. The order also requests federal immigration authorities to identify themselves and never state that they work for the city.

Baltimore joins an increasing number of U.S. cities, most of them manufacturing behemoths fallen on hard times, that are courting immigrants to reverse half a century of population loss. Detroit, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio, are few other examples.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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