The issues surrounding immigration are complicated (particularly in the case of the undocumented segment), but there is one incontrovertible fact: Texas needs the workers!
The clock is ticking on a two-million-job issue: finding a permanent solution to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program allows individuals who entered the United States as children to remain here for school or work. Nearly 800,000 persons across the country are enrolled in the program, and approximately 124,300 of these individuals live in Texas. If no action is taken, these young people will be subject to deportation when work visas in place on March 5, 2018 expire (some are already expiring). The issue has become highly politicized, thus at times masking the critical underlying socioeconomics.
The Trump Administration has announced a decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program allowing individuals who entered the United States as children to remain here for school or work. Nearly 800,000 persons are enrolled in the program. Approximately 124,3000 of these "Dreamers" live in Texas, with a high concentration in Houston and the Gulf Coast region.
Dr. Perryman emphasizes the need for congress to develop effective immigration legislation and policies.
Dr. Perryman explains why this idea would not be an effective strategy, and provides an alternative solution.
Dr. Perryman provides insights regarding certain considerations for immigration policy.
Dr. Perryman describes issues with the ICE plan to bar international students from attending institutions moving fully online this fall.
A major new study compares the upward mobility of poor immigrants and natural-born US citizens.
Dr. Perryman says missing in all the discussion about immigration is the simple fact that we don't have enough people living here to keep the economy going.