Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy

//Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy

Texas has a strong tradition of embracing immigrant culture, and immigrants have played a leading role in our state’s economic success. In the current environment of hostility toward refugees and immigrants, CPPP’s new fact sheet is an important reminder that Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy.

One out of every six Texans is an immigrant, and our analysis shows that immigrants add billions to the state economy. In addition to our statewide analysis, check out our fact sheets for Fort WorthDallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and Austin.

Common-sense state policies, including the Texas Dream Act passed by state lawmakers in 2001, have been critical to our economic prosperity and competitiveness. CPPP is committed to working with our partners at the Capitol and in the business community to protect pathways to opportunity for immigrants in Texas.

Mia Ibarra joined the Center in 2012 as an Outreach Associate and coordinator of Texas Forward, a state-wide revenue coalition. She now focuses on stakeholder engagement and outreach and strategic planning. Before relocating to Austin, Ibarra managed the nationally-competitive Udall Scholarship program at The Udall Foundation and conducted legislative research and voter education programs as the Tucson Office Director for Project Vote Smart. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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