Cities and Immigration
Local Policies for Immigrant-Friendly Cities
January 2008; updated April 2008
Pablo A. Mitnik Jessica Halpern-FinnertyMatt Vidal
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Many policy experts and immigrant and labor advocates were interviewedor this report; they shared with us inormation and ideas, and helpedus in many other ways. They are Pablo Alvarado (National Day LaborersOrganizing Network); Jonathan Blazer (National Immigration Law Center);Muzaar Chishti (Migration Policy Institute, NYU School o Law); MichaelEttlinger (Economic Policy Institute); Janice Fine (Rutgers University);Maricela Garcia (National Alliance o Latino American and CaribbeanCommunities); Taryn Higashi (Ford Foundation); Bernie Horn (Center orPolicy Alternatives); Kenneth Jacobs (UC Berkeley Labor Center); Kayse Jama (Western States Center); Neal Kwatra (UNITE HERE); MelindaLewis (El Centro); Tim McFeeley (Center or Policy Alternatives); TylerMoran (National Immigration Law Center); Rajesh Nayak (Brennan Centeror Justice, NYU School o Law); Nathan Newman (Progressive StatesNetwork); Margarita Rubalcava (Four Freedoms Fund); Amy Sugimori(National Employment Law Project); Cathi Tactaquin (National Network orImmigrant and Reugee Rights); Fred Tsao (Illinois Coalition or Immigrantand Reugee Rights).We also would like to thank Paul Sonn (Brennan Center or Justice, NYUSchool o Law) or his expert advice on many legal issues, and DarinDalmat (SEIU), James Elmendor (Los Angeles Alliance or a New Economy),Andy Kahn (Davis, Cowell & Bowe), Jennier Lin (East Bay Alliance ora Sustainable Economy), Richard McCracken (McCracken, Stemerman& Holsberry), Sheldon Shugarman (Baltimore Wage Commission), GregSimons (Coalition or Humane Immigrant Rights o Los Angeles), andDavid Ostendor (Center or New Community) or their inormation andcomments. Jessa Lewis Valentine provided research assistance.