Philly Mayor establishes immigrant office

The city of Philadelphia has established an office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. 

“A lot of people want to be Americans and we need to make sure that they have the full opportunity to get the services that they need and that they are supported by cities and mayors and city council members and state legislatures and the congress and the president, all across this country,” said Mayor Michael Nutter, who created the office by executive order.

Jennifer Rodriguez is executive director of the new office.

“I look forward to contributing to your vision to Philadelphia that recognizes immigrants and cultural diversity as a vital element of the city’s growth. The verdict is in, cities with thriving immigrant communities prosper, they are vibrant,” said Rodriguez.

The office’s budget will be nearly $200,000 a year.

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