Trump immigration policies cloud “immigrant-friendly” Dayton

Trump policies cloud 'Welcome Dayton' initiative (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – There are concerns over President Donald Trump’s tough talk and policies on immigration in an Ohio city that’s linked its future to attracting and keeping foreign-born residents.

The “Welcome Dayton” initiative has helped brake population decline, add skilled workers, and revitalize rundown neighborhoods in a Rust Belt city that was reeling from the recession and losing a signature company. Officially adopted in 2011, the “immigrant-friendly city” plan offers assistance with English and translations, accessing government and social services, and assisting entrepreneurs.

The city celebrates diversity with cultural events such as a mini-World Cup soccer tournament and arts festivals. But people in its immigrant communities say some residents or would-be residents are worried by policies Trump says are needed for national security. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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