2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference Media Coverage

Over 50 reporters from local and national media joined us for the National Immigrant Integration Conference 2014 in Los Angeles in December 2014 to cover issues and interview national leaders and advocates around immigrant integration. Key topics included President Obama’s historic executive immigration action and the Cities for Citizenship initiative, while key speakers included U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Coverage of the conference included mainstream media – such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Associated Press – and ethnic media, including Spanish and Chinese languages.

Brad Wong, Immigration Conference to Focus on ‘Inclusive Democracy‘, Equal Voice, December 9, 2014

Tanvi Misra, On Immigration, Gaining the Support of Mayors Is as Much Practical as It Is Political, The Atlantic CityLab, December 9, 2014

Roxana Kopetman, Free events in L.A., O.C. promise help on Obama’s immigration plan, Orange County Register, December 11, 2014

Kate Linthicum, Immigrants Get Advice on Eligibility for Delayed-Deportation Programs, Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2014

Julia Preston, Undocumented Immigrants Line Up For Door Opened by Obama, New York Times, December 14, 2014

Thousands Attend Immigration Forum on Obama’s Reform Plan, CBS Los Angeles, December 14, 2014

Indocumentados asisten a jornada sobre alivio migratorio en EU, La Cronica, December 14, 2014

Isaias Alvarado, Realizan foro migratorio en Los Ángeles, La Opinion, December 14, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive Consulting Services, China News, December 14, 2014

Preguntas y respuestas sobre acción ejecutiva, Univision, December 14, 2014

Roxana Kopetman, Forum aims to provide answers, offers details on new immigration regulations, Orange County Register, December 14, 2014

Josie Huang, Seeking help on White House orders, immigrants come to workshop in L.A., KPCC 89.3, December 14, 2014

Jorge Luis Macías, Informados, La Opinion, December 15, 2014

Joey Garrison, Nashville joins coalition to promote citizenship for immigrants, The Tennessean, December 15, 2014

Jaime Garcia, Detalles sobre la campaña de inscripción a la acción ejecutiva migratoria, Univision, December 15, 2014

USCIS Dedicated to Promoting Citizenship and Providing Resources, The Beacon: Official Blog of USCIS, December 15, 2014

Cities Launch Effort to Increase Citizenship, Equal Voice News, December 16, 2014

Hollywood A-Listers to Open 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference

For a look at the great Hollywood talent who will open NIIC 2014, take a look at this release we shared with local and national media:


Hollywood talent lend their support for the President’s executive action at the open plenary at the National Immigrant Integration Conference.  Topics include: on and off screen immigration stories, representations of immigrants and immigration in film and television, and shared perspectives on policy.  Plenary is followed by workshops featuring additional artists and Food Chains film screening.

Los Angeles, CA – The National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) welcomes Hollywood stars to support immigrants across the nation through the sharing of personal and professional stories of the intersection of immigration and the film and television industry.  Opening plenary is on Sunday, December 14, followed by film screening and producer talk back of the just theatrically released documentary Food Chains (from executive producers of Food Inc and Fast Food Nation) on Monday, December 15.

Events are to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but registration is necessary.

Learn more about the opening Hollywood featured plenary here

Learn more about the Food Chains film screening here

Panelists include 2014 Academy award nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), writer and executive producer of the monster hit Under the Same Moon Ligiah Villalobos, Netflix Orange is the New Black and the CW’s Jane the Virgin starlet Diane Guerrero, and Lifetime’s fastest growing scripted series Devious Maids star Ana Ortiz.  Opening plenary is to be moderated by NPR powerhouse Maria Hinojosa and Film screening panel by Ambulante mobile film screening director Christine Davila. For information on each of the speakers, please see attached, all are available for interviews.

Press credentials are required. Please contact Charlie McAteer at CMcAteer@weareoneamerica.org for credentialing at least one day before the start of the conference.  A press packet and a green room will be available for credential members of the press.

WHAT:  7th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference

WHEN:  Sunday, December 14, 2014  2 p.m. & Monday, December 15, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall

WHO:  The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

A complete Conference program can be accessed here.

NIIC 2014 Press Packets

In an effort to save trees and provide materials to our friends in the media ahead of the conference, we’ve compiled our NIIC 2014 Press Packet below.

If you have any questions about NIIC programming, scheduling interviews, or conference logistics, please contact Jorge-Mario Cabrera, CHIRLA, jmcabrera@chirla.org, (562) 243-5559, or Charlie McAteer, cmcateer@weareoneamerica.org, (917) 696-1321. Charlie can arrange media credentials for you or your team.

NIIC 2014 Press Packet

Advisory: Administrative Relief Forum

Advisory: NIIC Offers First Opportunity for National Gathering Since Obama’s Immigration Order

Advisory: 11 Major U.S. Cities to Join Citizenship Initiative at National Event

Advisory: Hollywood A-Listers Open the 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference

Artist Bios [PDF] for Plenary 1: Representations of Immigrants in Film and Media (December 14, 2014 2pm)

Advisory: More than a Dozen Workshops and Sessions to Highlight Need to Educate and Serve Millions on Administrative Relief Program

NIIC 2014 Schedule

Resource: National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA website)

Resource: Cities for Citizenship (C4C website)

Resource: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Thank you for your interest in NIIC 2014!

Also join the conversation on Twitter @npnewamericans and #NIIC.


11 Major U.S. Cities to Join Citizenship Initiative at National Event

For a great overview of our action-packed Monday morning plenary at NIIC 2014, here’s what we shared with local and national media:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, and Felicia Escobar, immigration advisor to the President, will join 1,000 advocates and experts at immigrant integration conference this month in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA – On Monday, December 15, 2014, 11 major U.S. cities will join Cities for Citizenship, an initiative launched by Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago in partnership with Citi, the founding corporate partner, in September which aims to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents to forge more inclusive and economically robust cities.

Leading officials from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chattanooga, Denver, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. will announce their active participation in this growing initiative at a special event during the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC 2014). This action-packed plenary will feature a welcome from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a keynote address by Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Cities for Citizenship leaders, including Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Microfinance. Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, another initiative partner, is speaking in a panel later that day focused on building partnerships in support of immigrant integration.

Cities for Citizenship participants will also be competing in Integration Idol, where high level officials from five cities – Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia – will highlight the innovative ways they are working to attract immigrants, integrate them fully, and become globally competitive leaders.

A recent report, Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities, by the Center for Popular Democracy, National Partnership for New Americans and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at USC Dornsife, found profound economic benefits to naturalization.

At the launch event, Cities for Citizenship leaders will also announce the addition of several partner organizations with strong ties to immigrant communities across the country, including AFL-CIO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the National Federation of Credit Development Unions, SEIU 32BJ, and Welcoming America.

WHAT: Cities for Citizenship Plenary at the National Immigrant Integration Conference

WHEN: 8:00am-10:00am, Monday, December 15

WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Angelica Salas, Executive Director, CHIRLA
Manuel Pastor, Co-Director, University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
Nisha Agarwal, New York City, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Tonantzin Carmona, Chicago, Director of the Office of New Americans
Linda Lopez, Los Angeles, Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, LA Mayor’s Office at City of Los Angeles
Monica Fuentes, Atlanta, Chief Service Officer at City of Atlanta
Jennifer Rodriguez, ‎Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs at City of Philadelphia
Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director, NPNA
Shena Elrington, Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Policy, Center for Popular Democracy
Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Microfinance
Leon Rodriguez, Director, USCIS
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland

NIIC Offers First Opportunity for National Gathering Since Obama’s Immigration Order

For a great overview of NIIC 2014, here’s what we shared with local and national media:

Los Angeles, CA – The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and the Los Angeles Host Organization, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), welcome hundreds of delegates from throughout the United States to the 7th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC 2014) December 14-16, 2014 to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The three-day Conference kicks off Sunday, December 14, with one of the largest educational forums in the country to date on Administrative Relief. The Forum highlights President Obama’s Executive Action announcement of November 20, 2014, and includes expert opinions on who qualifies, how to prepare, and how to avoid fraudulent offers. The forum is free of charge and doors open at 8:30 a.m.  although seating is limited to 10,000 people.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez, who will be coordinating administrative relief efforts for the President, is providing the keynote address during a Monday morning plenary.

Five plenaries feature nationally-recognized immigrant rights movement, labor, faith, education, and business leaders such as María Elena Durazo, Dr. Manuel Pastor, and Oscar Chacón, elected officials including the mayors of various major urban centers, and academy award journalists and actors such as Barkhad Abdi, Maria Hinojosa, and Roger Guenveur Smith.  For information on each of the plenary speakers, visit http://www.integrationconference.org/schedule/.

Nationally-renowned figures in the immigration reform movement such as Ben Monterroso at Mi Familia Vota, Saket Soni at the National Guestworker Alliance, and Steven Choi at the New York Immigration Coalition will present workshops during one of the more than 30 sessions under 9 tracks available for Conference goers.  Track titles include: Strengthening our Nation through Workforce Development, From Naturalization to Citizenship, Education Services and Systems, Affordable Care Act from an Immigrant’s Perspective, and the Economic Opportunity, Inclusion and Stability, amongst others.

For visitors to Los Angeles, the Conference plans a series of gatherings called “Caucuses” for Sunday, December 14.  In addition, four “Discover Los Angeles Tours” will offer Conference goers the opportunity to visit East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Chinatown, and Little Ethiopia in ways they have likely never seen them before.

Conference goers can also enjoy the New Americans Exposition open every day from 8 am to 6 pm Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Monday, and 10 am – 3 pm Tuesday. The Expo is a collection of some of LA’s best small businesses, non-profit organizations, and vendors serving the immigrant community.

Press credentials are required. Please contact Charlie McAteer at cmcateer@weareoneamerica.org for credentialing at least one day before the start of the conference. A press packet and a green room will be available for credential members of the press.

Hope you can join us this weekend!

Immigration Reform to Strengthen the U.S. Economy

The immigration reform debate has changed in meaningful ways over the past decade as business leaders and other unique allies have entered the fold. This panel, featuring representatives from national and statewide business-oriented coalitions, will highlight the successful strategies and arguments they have employed in recent years to broaden support for reform across the political spectrum. Hear how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FWD.us, the Partnership for a New American Economy, and the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition have moved the needle with business and conservative leaders and see how they view the landscape for state and federal action going forward.


  • Randel K. Johnson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Todd Schulte, FWD.us
  • Dan Wallace, Partnership for a New American Economy
  • Rebecca Shi, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

Special Free Screening: Food Chains

The movie Food Chains focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. Screening will be followed up by a Q & A sessions with the filmmakers and Ambulante.

Moderator:  Christine Davila, Director, Ambulante California

Picking the Story That’s Right for You: A Horticulture+Strategy Workshop

Designed for anyone who is currently — or considering — embedding art and culture into their immigrant integration strategies, this hands-on workshop offers a fresh metaphoric framework for planning, implementation and assessment. Find out why Welcoming America chapters used the multimedia platform Immigrant Nation as a Rake, and test your new analytical skills: is Jose Antonio Vargas’ film DOCUMENTED a Trellis… or a Trowel?

Hosted by Active Voice.


  • Ellen Schneider, Director Active Voice Lab
  • Special guests to be announced

Moving a National Agenda: Making the Most of Administrative Relief

After several failed legislative attempts at comprehensive reform and decades of advocacy from immigrant communities and their allies, now is a decisive moment. The NIIC will be the largest gathering of leaders in the immigrant rights movement, government, faith, business, academia, and policy since the President announced his executive action. There is a desperate need for coordination, public education, and outreach to prevent chaos and fraud. As a field we must focus on making administrative relief workable, generous, and catalytic.


  • Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Immigration Policy
  • Larry Kleinman, Immigration Reform Implementation Senior Advisor, FIRM
  • Drew Westen, Professor, Department of Psychology, Emory University
  • Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
  • Charles Kamasaki, Executive Vice President, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Full Citizenship in America

This plenary will bring together intellectual leaders, policymakers, and practitioners working to promote a path to citizenship. The panel of leaders will consider the evolving nature of citizenship in America and internationally. This plenary will consider how citizenship can extend beyond conceptualizations of birth and naturalization.


  • Gov. Jerry Brown, Governor, California (invited)


  • Eric Liu, Founder and CEO, Citizenship University


  • Norma Wong, Instructor, Institute for Zen Studies
  • Roger Smith, Actor, Director, Writer
  • Lavinia Limón, President & Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)