Today, America is experiencing one of the largest demographic shifts in our country’s history. Diversity is deepening across the country, both in cities where it is already well established and in communities that have not previously felt those currents.
The nation’s demographic shifts are creating important challenges and dynamic opportunities for communities across the country as they grapple with the change that immigrants and other new arrivals bring to their neighborhoods. Despite Washington gridlock and polarization on immigration issues, state and local leaders are working together to get things done. In dozens of cities, mayors are both debating these topics and creating smart solutions to immigration that could serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country.
On January 20, National Journal hosted a town hall in Washington, DC that convened the country’s key mayors and opinion leaders for a robust discussion about the nation’s diversification and its implications for communities across the United States. We discussed what factors have driven the country’s deepening diversity? How are cities adapting to the nation’s demographic shifts? What effect will President Obama’s executive order have on immigration reform? And what lessons can Washington learn from local officials forging a new, diverse American identity?