Sunday September 16, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick continues a push to reach out to immigrants living in Massachusetts, this time by signing the "Welcoming Week" proclamation that is part of a na tional initiative intended to help foreign-born residents in tegrate into local communities.

The "Welcoming Week" runs through Sept. 23.

Patrick’s proclamation says the state’s aspirations for prosperity, economic growth and global competitiveness are tied to the need to build welcoming communities.

Patrick says Massachusetts communities should welcome immigrants to capitalize on diverse perspectives, cultures and talents.

The governor says creating welcoming communities will leverage the full potential of all who live in there.

The Massachusetts Immi grant and Refugee Advocacy Co alition says "Welcoming Massachusetts" events will be held across the state to mark "Welcoming Week."

Massachusetts has at least 320,000 legal immigrants, the seventh-largest population in the country.