This past Tuesday, Chula Vista, which is located in San Diego, became the first city in California to be certified as a “welcoming city,” a designation that recognizes the city’s commitment to the inclusion of immigrants.
Welcoming America, a national nonprofit organization that works with municipalities in the United States to promote inclusive communities, was responsible for the designation. This was held by raising a flag in the town hall that reads: "A certified welcome city."
National Civic League indicates that Chula Vista has the largest number of immigrants in the US, this means that 30% of its population was born outside the country.
Rachel Peric, executive director of Welcoming America said:
“As a border community, Chula Vista’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment is a model for other pragmatic leaders who want their communities to engage in the global economy and ensure that residents of all backgrounds — including immigrants — can thrive and belong,” said Rachel Peric, executive director of Welcoming America.
It is expected that this certification granted to Chula Vista, will attract the attention of the global workforce and companies whose values include the inclusion of migrants.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune