An estimated 37.5 million foreign-born individuals live in the United States, representing 12.5 percent of the total U.S. population.[source] They are members of our communities, attend our churches and schools, work in our businesses, and own enterprises of their own. Despite the importance of newcomers in our society, immigrants encounter challenges to integrating into society. These challenges include the undocumented legal status of some; anti-immigrant legislation at the state, regional, and community levels; and issues of race. For integration to be successful foundations and communities need to understand these forms of resistance and take into account the positive effects that immigration can have on local economies and job growth for others, and how it can provide new opportunities to enhance and influence race and intergroup relations.