Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has announced Texas will not accept any more refugees through the federal resettlement program. The announcement has caused a meltdown among liberals, leftists, and the immigrant/poverty industry supporters. Still, a careful review of Texas’ immigrant and refugee history gives an understanding of how much the State has done for newcomers.
Between 1910 and 1920, during the chaos of the Mexican Revolution, nearly a million Mexicans fled from the conflict in the first massive wave of Mexican immigration into the United States. The majority of these “refugees” settled in Texas and California.
Again, beginning in 1975 through 1982, over 60,000 Vietnamese settled in Texas, mostly in the Houston area. The majority of these Vietnamese refugees were educated persons who fled the communists after the fall of South Viet Nam.
As of 2015, 4.7 million residents or seventeen percent of the State’s population are immigrants (legal and illegal). One-third of all immigrants are naturalized citizens, which means 2/3 are either going through the process or illegal aliens.
A conservative estimate says 1.7 million illegal aliens live in the State, and there are 110,000 DACA recipients. An additional 57,000 residents qualify for DACA except for the education requirements, plus another 37,000 could be eligible as they grow older.
As for education, 40.5% of Texas’ immigrants have less than high school education. That creates a problem for social services and taxpayers.
The State’s economy and workforce is also very dependent on immigrants. The workforce is as follows: construction has 38.3%, unskilled services 28,8%, and hotel & food services 26.9%.
Given these facts, Texas has welcomed its share of immigrants, aliens, and refugees. Gov. Abbott and the citizens of Texas have no reason to feel shame. And we haven't mentioned the millions of illegal aliens who have settled in Texas.