The Bridge MCP has its origins in New York City, a region that the Brookings Institution found to be the most culturally and linguistically diverse city in the United States, with over 800 different languages spoken by its 8.4 million residents. The city’s enduring history as an immigrant gateway has allowed generations of ethnic, racial and religious groups to establish themselves as sources of political, cultural and economic power. Statistics indicate that the city’s immigrants have reached a new peak of more than three million residents. Immigrant influx has played a major role in maintaining New York City’s record population growth and the ever-growing needs of these “New Americans” must be attended to. There is an urgent need for communities to jointly collaborate to advocate with various government agencies to ensure that immigrant needs are met.
There are a number of serious issues faced by all residents of New York City and the nation in general, regardless of their specific cultural, ethnic, national or religious origins,