Leirion Gaylor Baird
Mayor | Lincoln, NE

Fostering a Welcoming Community for Immigrants

Idea Category: Equity & Opportunity


The Kaiser Family Foundation has identified that immigrants often feeling unwelcome in the United State. For example, fear and anxiety run high among immigrant families, including those with legal status. Additionally, due to heightened anxiety and uncertainty, their daily living can become more challenging, and some parents have stated that finding work in the present atmosphere is more difficult, putting additional financial stress on families. Furthermore, after the 2016 election, parents and physicians reported a dramatic increase in acts of racism and prejudice. 


Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird released Lincoln’s Immigrant Welcoming and Belonging Plan. This effort aims to provide targeted supportive services to help immigrants and refugees grow and prosper together with their new community. The plan includes expanding existing services, such as legal resources and education support, as well as developing new programs, such as establishing a welcome center with dedicated staff to provide support for housing, health, and economic opportunity.

More Idea’s From Leirion Gaylor Baird

ARPA Case Study: Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird Paves the Way for New Water Source Project

Idea Category: American Rescue Plan Act, Funding, Public Safety | Funding Source: ARP

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird: New Plan to Boost Local Food System in Lincoln

Idea Category: Smart Government | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Lincoln NE, New Workforce Training Opportunities

Idea Category: Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Lincoln NE, Supporting Small Businesses

Idea Category: Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: ARP

Biogas to Vehicle Fuel

Idea Category: Climate Change, Transportation | Funding Source: ARP

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