Torres, Herman Argue for Immigrant-Friendly CitiesTue, 05/01/2012 - 10:38 — admin
April 30, 2012
A pair of Cleveland-area Latino leaders are calling on their own city and other communities across Ohio to become more immigrant-friendly as a means to shake their Rust Belt past and build a new economy that could lead to more jobs and prosperity in the future.
Immigration attorney Richard Herman gives Cleveland an ‘F’ for its lack of effort in trying to attract Latino and other immigrant families. He grades Ohio much the same way, but admits there is progress being made in some cities across the state. Herman is a former board member of Global Cleveland, which was started as a way to attract immigrants to repopulate and revitalize the Rock-n-Roll city.
“There are cities that don’t necessarily have a lot of immigrants, but they see immigrants as an asset not a liability,” Herman said. “So they start changing their conversation in their policy-making and really the whole ecosystem of how a city operates.”