Here’s a town that’s trying to do the right thing. Maybe Pennsylvania (i.e. Hazleton) should consider this approach.
OneTelluride plan for immigration integration
By Katie Klingsporn
Telluride’s immigrant community is a vibrant, growing and integral part of its workforce and schools.
And the Telluride Foundation is working on easing the process of integration with the ultimate goal of making Telluride a more welcoming and cohesive community.
To facilitate immigration integration into the community at large, the Telluride Foundation, with the help of community input and a state grant, has come up with a plan called OneTelluride.
The plan touches on many goals in the arenas of health care, employment, law enforcement and education, but at its center are two big-ticket goals: creating a regional cultural center for the community and providing a comprehensive language service.
“Telluride is not necessarily considered a friendly town by some immigrants,” said Telluride Foundation’s Paul Major, pointing mainly to stringent state laws that target undocumented residents. “But I think we have a chance to overcome a lot of that.”