CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

Immigration Doesn’t Bother Houston

So What Will Congress’ Proposed Immigration Reform Mean For the City?

Houston is America’s most diverse city and its number-one refugee destination. It is also creating more jobs than any city in the country. What does Houston have to gain—and what might it cost the region—if Congress were to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill? A panel of people who study immigration and work with immigrants in Houston answered these questions at a Zócalo/Azteca America event at Rice University. Tony Payan, a political scientist at Rice University’s Baker Institute, called Texas “a paradox” when it comes to immigration reform. It’s a red state—but it’s not hostile to immigrants, and it’s extremely diverse. Houston, he said, “is a very welcoming city. If you know how to do something, if you roll up your sleeves and get to do something, you’re welcome.” Houston’s immigrant population is diverse in both ethnicity and skills. While …