New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization for immigration policies, has ranked Jersey City the third best city in the country for integrating immigrants.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“By focusing on health and partnerships, Jersey City doesn’t just call itself a sanctuary city, it acts like one. The improvements in health lead to long-term successes, for immigrants and for our city overall,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“This is how Jersey City and others are shifting the national narrative on immigration. Immigrants are our allies, and we are proud to be one of the most welcoming and supportive cities in country.”
NAE gave Jersey City an overall score of 4.3 out of 5, up from 3.45 in 2018 when the city ranked 20th in the country.
This time around, the city received perfect marks for government leadership, inclusivity, community, legal support, economic prosperity, and livability.
Fulop declared Jersey City a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants in 2017, and then last year, the city launched the Division of Immigrant Affairs to address concerns of all immigrant communities and build partnerships with the nonprofit organizations that serve them.
“In 2018, with the support of the Mayor and City Council, we were able to reshape our human services portfolio to include services to the city’s most vulnerable,” added Department of Health and Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan.
“We have increased our capacity and leadership to streamline services, and while we will always have more work to do, it’s important to take a moment to give thanks. Thank you the community that has put their trust in us, and the many staff they have been a part of moving Jersey City forward.”
According to NAE, in 2017, 5.9 percent of all immigrants in Jersey City were entrepreneurs, 49,657 immigrants were naturalized citizens, and 48.7 percent of immigrants had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
“The index rating reflects the power of community partnerships, and signals to cities across the country that when we welcome immigrants and serve the underserved, we all succeed,” Michael McLean, Director of the Division of Immigrant Affairs Michael McLean stated.