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What is the Economic Impact of Undocumented Immigrants in Texas?

An economics research and analysis firm recently released a report on the economic impact undocumented workers have on Texas. The findings were presented earlier this month at a summit hosted by the American Jewish Committee of Houston. The report updates a report the Texas Comptroller’s office released back in 2006. That’s not a typo: it’s […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

An economics research and analysis firm recently released a report on the economic impact undocumented workers have on Texas. The findings were presented earlier this month at a summit hosted by the American Jewish Committee of Houston.

The report updates a report the Texas Comptroller's office released back in 2006. That’s not a typo: it’s been ten years since such a comprehensive study was made by the state.

We discuss the economic impact of undocumented immigrants in Texas with Jeronimo Cortina, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston. Then, we hear from State Rep. Cesar Blanco, who filed a bill during this past legislative session that would require regular updates to the 2006 study from the then-Comptroller's office.

MORE:
REPORT: Texas Needs the Workers! An Analysis of the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Undocumented Workers (Perryman Group, Jan. 29, 2016)
Lawmaker Wants to Know Immigration Impact (Texas Tribune, March 6, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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