In November, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to begin to fix America’s broken immigration system. As part of these actions, the Administration created a White House Task Force on New Americans. The Task Force—a federal inter-agency effort whose goal is to gather input from stakeholders on the development of a federal immigrant and refugee integration strategy—will focus on the civic, economic, and linguistic integration of new Americans and creating welcoming communities for all residents.
As part of the Task Force, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is holding three listening sessions on January 29th, February 3rd, and February 5th to discuss federal strategies to strengthen the integration of new Americans. During these listening sessions, Task Force members and USCIS officials will provide an overview of the process and seek feedback on best practices or strategies for successfully integrating immigrants into local communities. The White House is also accepting ideas via email—click here for more information. By March 2015, the Task Force will submit a plan to the President that includes recommendations for federal actions to promote the integration of new Americans.