[UPDATED MARCH 2019]
According to data provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are nearly 45 million foreign-born individuals currently residing in the United States. There is no question: America remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for immigrants seeking a new home. Indeed, certain cities within the U.S. are particularly popular and immigrant-friendly. Here, our dedicated immigration law team highlights five of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the United States.
Top Immigration Friendly Cities in the USA
Los Angeles, CA
For a number of different reason, Los Angeles is the best city for immigrants. L.A. has a long history of supporting immigrants and immigration. Only 100 years ago, this city had fewer than 120,000 people; now it has more than 3.5 million. Massive migration from all around the U.S. and the world has occurred towards Los Angeles in recent decades. The California Immigration Policy Center (CIPC) reports that immigrants currently make up more than 35 percent of the population in the L.A. metropolitan area. More immigrants live in Los Angeles than in any other American city. Further, the immigrant population in Los Angeles is unusually diverse. People come to the city from every country in the world, with Mexico, South Korea, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Philippines being especially well-represented. The city is also well known for providing strong support services to immigrants. Not only is Los Angeles a sanctuary city, but it offers free citizenship workshops to local residents.
New York City, NY
Along with Los Angeles, New York City is the other American city that is world renowned for its diverse immigrant population. From the Irish, Italians and Eastern Europeans that came through Ellis Island in the late 19th and early 20th century, to the global immigrants of today, New York City remains one of the county’s most immigrant-friendly cities. The New York Department of City Planning reports that immigrants live in all boroughs of the city, with the most highly-concentrated areas being certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
San Francisco, CA
In recent years, Silicon Valley has been a hot spot for attracting immigrants. Centered in San Francisco, the tech industry has boomed all over the Bay Area, including in places like San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Oakland. Indeed, many of the largest American companies are now headquartered in Northern California. Not only are many of these firms founded by immigrants, but they now require highly skilled immigrant labor to be able to thrive. There are many legal avenues available for immigrants seeking to work in these advanced industries, including H-1B visas, among other employment visas.
California remains by far the most popular state with immigrants. Not only does California, as the largest state, have far more immigrants than does any other state, but it also has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents. That being said, the immigrant population in Texas is growing nearly as fast. At the state level, Texas is not as friendly to immigrants as are some other big states, like California and New York. However, things are far different at the local level. In fact, Austin, TX has become one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the United States. A fast-growing young city and a great place to start a new business, Austin has made considerable efforts to protect the legal rights of both documented and undocumented immigrants living within its community.
Not all of the most immigrant-friendly cities are necessarily big cities. Indeed, Princeton, New Jersey, with a population of less than 30,000, is home to many successful immigrant communities. Princeton is most well known for the world-famous Ivy League university that shares the town’s name. Princeton University attracts professors and students from every corner of the globe. The town has put considerable effort into promoting immigrant integration and providing strong support services. Immigrants in Princeton, including those who are undocumented, can obtain local ID cards. This lets all people easily access important social services like libraries and hospitals.
We Provide Immigration Help in California
At the Law Office of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC, we are proud to support immigrants in L.A. We strive to work to make Los Angeles as welcoming as possible for all of its residents. If you or a loved one is in need of legal support, please do not hesitate to contact our Los Angeles immigration lawyer today at (213) 514-8870. From our office in downtown L.A., we serve immigrants and their families throughout Southern California.