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San Mateo County Certified as a “Welcoming Place” for migrants

San Mateo County Welcoming place for migrants
Welcoming America certified San Mateo County as a welcoming place for migrants, becoming the first county in California to achieve the distinction for its commitment to immigrant inclusion and belonging. Photo: Gerardo Herrera P360P

San Mateo County has been recognized as a certified welcoming place by Welcome America, becoming the first California county to achieve the ?Welcoming Place? distinction. for its commitment to the inclusion and belonging of immigrants.

The county earned the 4-Star Certified Welcome designation from Welcoming America, the only county in the country to achieve the rating and one of only 21 cities and counties in the United States. 

The program evaluates local governments against the Welcoming Standard in their efforts to include and welcome immigrants in all areas of civic, social and economic life.

?We have always known that San Mateo County is special. That we recognize, accept and celebrate our diversity contributes to the vitality and resilience of our community, where everyone feels valued, respected and able to thrive. "We are now being recognized nationally for this spirit," said Warren Slocum, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

The program evaluates local governments against the Welcoming Standard in their efforts to include and welcome immigrants in all areas of civic, social and economic life.

The application for certification included more than a thousand tests. Welcoming America then conducted an audit and an intensive three-day interview process.

“We are thrilled to recognize San Mateo County for becoming a certified welcoming place, affirming its leadership in creating policies and partnerships that enable all those returning home, including people with immigrant and refugee backgrounds, to thrive. and belong”, highlighted Rachel Peri?. “We look forward to celebrating and supporting the community's ongoing efforts to make the county a welcoming place for all.”

Among the factors Welcoming America considered in awarding the county four stars were efforts to improve living standards and alleviate poverty by addressing equity in transportation, child care and housing. In particular, Welcoming America cited homeownership opportunities in Harbor Trailer Park. 

Additionally, it took into account civic engagement programs, including the Community Alliance to Revitalize Our Neighborhoods (CARON) through the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the Farmworker Advisory Commission, which create communication opportunities among residents. and its government. 

Likewise, data collection efforts to help local governments and community organizations make more informed decisions.

"As we celebrate this honor, we recognize that the work of welcoming is never done and we hope to continue finding new ways to empower and support members of the immigrant community and all who call San Mateo County home," the executive stressed. of the county, Mike Callagy. "We are a welcoming space, regardless of formal recognition, but we are very proud to be recognized on a national scale."

Welcoming America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization leading a movement of inclusive communities that become more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs. Certified Welcoming is a formal designation by Welcoming America for cities and counties that have created policies and programs that reflect their commitment to immigrant inclusion.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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