7 things you didn’t know about immigrants in Texas

San Antonio, TX – Everybody is talking about the situation on the southern border, with large numbers of immigrants expected to cross the border illegally over the next months. Texas has a long history of immigration, especially from Mexico. Let’s have a look at what the numbers say – how many immigrants live in Texas and how well are they integrated into the local community. Some of these facts may surprise you.

One in six Texas residents is an immigrant

An equal number of residents are second-generation immigrants, with at least one parent born in a foreign country. According to the latest reliable figures available, there are around 4.9 million immigrants living in Texas, but the real number is probably higher.

Over 1 million immigrants eligible for naturalization

As of 2018, 1.9 million immigrants (38%) had obtained American citizenship. Over 1 million were eligible to become naturalized. This can be done via family-based immigration. All you need is an experienced San Antonio immigration lawyer to help you with the complex paperwork required. Unfortunately, there’s a huge backlog of immigration cases so these people may have to wait a while to get an American passport. At least, 1.6 million immigrants in Texas are undocumented.

Half of immigrants are Mexicans

Half of all immigrants (51%) come from Mexico. Immigrants coming from India represent 6%, while those from El Salvador account for another 5%.

One in four immigrants goes to college

Two-thirds of all immigrants (66%) speak English well and very well. Learning the language of their new country is a priority for most immigrants as this offers them better job opportunities. As for those who came to the US as children, they learn English in school. One in four immigrants goes on to get at least a college degree, while 20% are happy with only a high school diploma. Unfortunately, a large percentage, 37%, never graduate high school, which is almost four times the percentage of high school drop-outs among American kids.

Immigrants’ contribution to the economy

No matter where you stand on the immigration problem, you cannot underestimate the role immigrants play in the local economy. One in five workers in Texas is an immigrant and in certain industries, immigrants are the backbone of the workforce.

For instance, in the construction industry, immigrants make up 37% of the workforce, while in agriculture and forestry they represent 27% of the workforce. Employment-based immigration is another good way of getting a Green card.

Immigrants pay taxes too

The state of Texas spends a lot of money on immigrants, but, on the other hand, foreign-born citizens pay taxes and their contribution to the local budget is quite significant. In 2018, for instance, immigrant-led households in Texas paid $26.3 billion in federal taxes and $12.3 billion in state and local taxes. Even those who are undocumented end up paying taxes – $2.6 billion in federal taxes and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2018.

Over $110 billion in spending power

After paying their taxes, like all Americans, immigrants support the local economy by buying stuff. Immigrant-led households had $112.8 billion in spending power in 2018.

Those who do well for themselves and are entrepreneurs in Texas generate over ten billion dollars in business revenue. In the San Antonio area, 24% of all business owners are immigrants, while in the Houston/Baytown/Sugar Land area foreign-born residents account for a stunning 51% of entrepreneurs.

If you’re an undocumented imigrant living in the San Antonio area or you want to help a foreign national get a Green Card, seek legal advice from a local lawyer with many years of expertise in this field at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen.

Contact info: Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen

San Antonio, TX

206 East Locust Street

San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 769-3273

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