We believe that our success as a nation is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcoming and integrating newcomers into our society.The American Dream is part of our nation’s narrative— it’s the story we’ve told ourselves that explains why we’re here and what we’re trying to achieve. But for too many new Americans, the American Dream is not their reality. Reaching back to America’s earliest days, the American Dream has been denied to those whose work made it possible. Indigenous people, slaves, and their descendants have been especially disenfranchised. New Americans, too, are often shut out from the Dream. At NPNA, we believe in upholding equality, opportunity, and justice as fundamental American values. We must effectively organize our constituencies to shape an integration agenda that is aligned with their interests. Immigrant integration is—and will continue to be—critical to the nation’s civic, cultural, and economic vibrancy.
Who are new Americans?
New Americans are foreign born individuals living in the United States, including naturalized citizens, lawfully present non-citizens, and undocumented immigrants.As of 2013, there were 41.3 million new Americans in the U.S. That’s 13 percent of the total U.S. population. New Americans and their U.S. born children now number approximately 80 million persons, or one-quarter of the overall U.S. population. We also use the term new Americans to refer to refugees living in the U.S., about 70,000 of whom have been admitted each year under the Obama administration. Though we use the term broadly, new Americans represent several distinct groups with different experiences and needs. When appropriate, we distinguish between those groups. Overall, though, our aim is to shape policy that builds power and furthers the robust integration of all new Americans, recognizing that many individuals of varying legal distinctions live in the same families, go to the same schools, and contribute to shared communities.
What is immigrant integration?
Integration is a two-way process, one that strengthens the systems and tools that allow immigrants in the U.S. to participate in their jobs and communities, support their families, and in turn benefits all Americans by giving immigrants the opportunity to contribute to the vitality of the nation as a whole.NPNA Immigrant Integration Principles