Texas Immigrants Are Still Essential to our Economy: New Report from Immigration Research Initiative and Every Texan

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In partnership with the Immigration Research Initiative (IRI), Every Texan released a new analysis demonstrating asylum seekers and new immigrants make significant contributions to our communities and economy. Once provided a work permit, new immigrants earn an average of $20,000 in their first year, which increases to $29,000 by their fifth year living in Texas. As part of a national project examining  the economic and social value of new immigrants to our communities, The Economic Projections for Asylum Seekers and New Immigrants report analyzes the latest America Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau.    

The report reinforces decades of social science and economic research showing immigrants, even those lacking legal access to work, are essential members of our communities who earn more than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in their first year post-migration. Hard working Texans – both old and recent arrivals – are united in pursuit of a better, more prosperous life. The Economic Projections for Asylum Seekers and New Immigrants report maintains that this  centuries-old reality continues to be true today. 

These findings directly contradict the baseless claims made by anti-immigrant voices, including the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Texas. While our highest elected officials use fallacious rhetoric to advance personal gains, the report from Every Texan and IRI proves  that immigrants in Texas are not only earning their keep, but are also supporting the continued growth and prosperity of our state.  For every 1,000 workers, immigrants and asylum seekers contribute $2.6 million to state and local taxes within their first year of eligibility. Far from a burden on Texas communities, newly arrived immigrants and asylum seekers are as essential to our state’s economy as they are to our families and communities. 

Quantifying the contributions of immigrants to our state and nation is  necessary to combat rampant misinformation used to demonize asylum seekers and  pit states against one another. Texas’ highest elected officials and our Congressional representatives should use this data to recognize the importance of new immigrants and asylum seekers to our economy.

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