CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Rhode Islandâ€™s smallest city already has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents and Mayor James Diossa has now officially proclaimed it a â€śWelcoming Cityâ€ť for newcomers to America.
He says it will send out the message that Central Falls is a good place to come to raise a family and start a business.
The group Welcoming America describes itself as â€śa national, grassroots-driven collaborative that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. Through a countrywide network of member organizations and partners, Welcoming America works to promote a welcoming atmosphere â€“ community by community â€“ in which immigrants and native born residents can find common ground and shared prosperity.â€ť
â€śI think generally the whole state of Rhode Island has been very welcoming to the individuals and families who have come to our state and our cities and towns,â€ť Diossa told The Times Monday.
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