Reminder: Texas Immigration Data Show Benefits to the State Economy

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With President Obama expected to announce executive action to address the enforcement of immigration policy, I wanted to highlight our recent report, Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy.

There are more than 4.2 million immigrants in Texas today, which is one in six residents. Our report found that Texas immigrants work in a wide range of jobs: about a third of them in white-collar jobs (architects, engineers), another third in blue collar jobs (machine operators, construction workers) and the rest in service and farming jobs.

Small businesses owned by immigrants contributed $4.4 billion in earnings to the Texas economy in 2011, showing additional economic benefits to Texas.

Look for more detailed analysis from CPPP once we learn more about the President’s executive action.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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