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New Americans Plan Executive Summary

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Office of New Americans

Chicago’s vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and access new opportunities. I want to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the world and the Office of New Americans will ensure every law-abiding Chicagoan has access to the resources they need to become productive members of society and contribute to our thriving global city.” –Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Office of New Americans (ONA) is dedicated to improving services and engaging Chicago’s global immigrant communities through enhanced collaboration with community organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Through the creation of the ONA, the City has affirmed and strengthened its support for immigrant communities, entrepreneurs, and businesses. 

For more information on the Chicago New Americans Plan, click here

In April 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City, for the first time, was opening up nearly 23,000 City-funded internship, volunteer, and job opportunities for undocumented students, or “Dreamers.”

For more information regarding City Volunteer, Internship, and Job Opportunities please visit: Dreamer Internship and Job Opportunities

Para obtener más información acerca de estas oportunidades, por favor llame al 311 o visite la página web: Posiciones de prácticas profesionales y empleo para Dreamers

Recommendations from Chicago’s Language Access Advisory Committee

As part of Mayor Emanuel’s overall effort to implement policies and programs outlined in the Chicago New Americans Plan, the Mayor appointed a diverse group of community, legal, and civic leaders in July of 2014 and tasked them with developing a language access policy to ensure that immigrants and Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) residents have meaningful access to City services, resources, and programs.

Following months of discussions and a comprehensive review of data and best practice research, the Language Access Advisory Committee developed a set of recommendations for the City to pursue. To read the Advisory Committee’s recommendations, please visit: Recommendations from Chicago’s Language Access Advisory Committee

Most Recent News (Office of New Americans)

Apr 11, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Announces Internships And Job Opportunities For DREAMer Students
Dec 12, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Participates In 24 Hour Fast In Solidarity With Immigration Reform Advocates Fasting On The National Mall In Washington, D.C.
Jul 15, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Announces Citizenship Corners and Citizenship Hubs at Chicago Public Library
Dec 4, 2012 Mayor Emanuel Unveils First-Ever Chicago New Americans Plan
Nov 27, 2012 Mayor Emanuel, Congressman Gutierrez Host Citizenship Ceremony At City Hall

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