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Dreamers strive for a better life: better education, better job opportunities, the ability to improve their lives, and the opportunity to pursue the American dream.
In many cases, immigration to the U.S. represents their best hope of success and a new start compared to what they would have had in their home country.
US history teaches us that a country comprised almost exclusively of prior immigrants can become one of the greatest countries in the world.
Unfortunately, the issue of immigration has become increasingly political, and many arguments have been advanced by opposing parties. One of the arguments raised is that immigrants drain state resources, negatively affecting economic growth.
This then raises the question, “What is the actual impact of the benefits of immigration on the US economy?” The short answer to this question is that international migration into the US has a medium to long-term positive impact on economic growth, borne out by the statistics reproduced below. This position on immigration is also supported by Dallas immigration statistics in 2022.
If you are an immigrant in Dallas seeking support and guidance, consider hiring an immigration attorney in Texas to assist you with your immigration needs.
Some standard immigrant terms to understand include the following:
Texas is one of the most welcoming states for immigrants and has several initiatives aimed at settling immigrants so that they can positively contribute to society and the economy. Dallas specifically has various programs to advance economic inclusion for immigrants.
Immigrants are attracted to Texas due to the relatively low cost of living, the availability of jobs, and the high quality of life. Additionally, Texas is centrally located within the US, has vast natural resources, and is adjacent to the sea and on a national border.
Consequently, Texas has a competitive edge in transportation, energy, wholesale trade, and retail trade. Immigrants have proven that they can take advantage of these advantages to improve their lives as well as the economy.
The New American Economy reports that there were 1,461,995 immigrant residents living in the Fort Worth Metro area in Dallas in 2019.
In Dallas, immigrants make up 19.3% of the population and contribute $12.8 billion in taxes. They also have a $35 billion spending power.
The population of Texas is growing faster than the national average, and net immigration is always positive. Dallas is a popular destination for Hispanic immigrants.
In terms of racial diversity in the Dallas population, Bloomberg published in 2018 that the population breakdown data for Dallas communities were as follows:
Historically a predominantly white city, with 82% of the population identifying as non-Hispanic white in 1930, the population has diversified due to immigration by Hispanic immigrants and Mexican Americans and white flight.
Mexican and Hispanic migrants tend to gravitate to Dallas, and their cultures are pretty robust, with some neighborhoods, such as Oak Cliff, taking on a predominantly Hispanic culture reflecting the Hispanic population. In addition, there has been a significant increase in the Black or African American population.
The immigrant population significantly contributes to Dallas’ economic growth.
In assessing immigrants’ impact on the economy and economic growth, their performance should be compared to US citizen performance and contribution to the economy. This comparison illustrates that, on the whole, immigrants perform better than the average US citizen does.
Center for Public Policy Priorities published “Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy: Economic Benefits of Immigrants to Texas” in 2014, revealing the following:
These figures are borne out by the report released by the New American Economy in 2019, which shows that 84.1% of immigrants aged between 16 and 64 are of working age compared to only 61.3% of U.S.-born citizens.
The New American Economy reported that in 2019, immigrant residents were 25.4% more likely to become entrepreneurs than US citizens. Dallas has 104,341 immigrant entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth more than any other sector. They provide job opportunities to others and provide employment benefits. Thus, immigrants have an important role to play in this sector.
The facts outlined above illustrate that immigrants positively contribute to the economy in many ways. Not least is the amount of taxes paid by immigrants.
In 2019, immigrant household income was $50.3 billion, out of which $12.8 billion was paid in state and federal taxes, leaving $37,5 billion of spending power. Taxes contribute to the local purse and increase Medicaid and Social Security nets. Local spending stimulates economic growth.
Whether you are applying for immigrant status, green card applications, defending against potential deportation, or applying for a visa at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, we are here to help.
Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, is dedicated to helping people pursue their American Dream by providing dedicated and individualized legal representation.
Our skilled, empathic immigration lawyers are leaders in law and provide a full range of immigration services. Before you take any action, it’s a good idea to schedule a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and advise you accordingly.
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