While some states and cities have passed laws targeting illegal immigrants, at least one Ohio city is hoping to use immigration to revitalize itself during a tough economy.
Dayton has approved a "Welcome Dayton" plan aimed at helping legal immigrants settle more easily and access services including English instruction. Another object is to spur redevelopment of a section of the city with small businesses and markets run by immigrants.
The Dayton plan has taken on an urgent feel because the city's population and employment have declined steeply in recent years. Critics predict it will attract illegal immigrants, and say it gives unfair preference over lifelong residents.