Baltimore joins several other metropolitan areas across the United States that are working toward equality and avoiding racial segregation.
According to the Washington Post, 24-year-old Alexandra Gonzalez moved to the U.S. for a better life from her native Puebla, Mexico, and is doing the best that she can support herself and her 1-year-old daughter. Since moving to Baltimore, she has immersed herself in her community by taking local nutrition classes and taking her daughter to their neighborhood library for its storytelling hour. She hopes to earn her GED one day and become a teacher.
The city’s officials hope to increase Baltimore’s population by 22,000 individuals in the next decade by allowing more immigrants and their families to call it home. According to the Baltimore Sun, the 2010 Census revealed that there are currently 44,000 foreign-born individuals living in metropolitan area. Forty percent of the immigrants came from Latin America and the Caribbean, 25 percent of them are from Asian and Middle Eastern countries and 15 percent are from Africa.
Another major city in the United States that is taking a pro-immigration stance is Chicago. Mayor Emanuel announced earlier this month that he plans to make the Windy City the most immigrant-friendly city in the entire United States. In order to accomplish this, the mayor recently introduced the Welcoming City Ordinance, which will provide basic protection to immigrants whether they have U.S. citizenship or not, according to the city’s website.
“This will prevent law abiding Chicagoans from being unfairly detained and deported, and will ensure that Chicago is a welcoming, multicultural global city where people have access to services they need to contribute to our city,” Emanuel announced.