Chicago ranks as the best city for immigrants. In 2011, Chicago launched the Office of New Americans under the Office of the Mayor. The Office aims to improve daily experiences of foreign-born residents in Chicago through services such as citizenship assistance, funding for immigrant-owned businesses, and job opportunities for DREAMers and undocumented youth. The Office includes a Language Access Advisory Committee that collects data on language access needs. It launched a 24-hour real-time interpretation hotline to ensure that communities with limited English proficiency have full access to all city functions. In 2018, the Office also helped launch the CityKey ID program, which provides all residents with a municipal identification card, thus allowing immigrants to more easily access public services. According to the New American Cities Index, Chicago was the best US city at integrating immigrants in 2019. Learn more.
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