Research Shows Nuanced Immigration Perspectives in Sugar Land And Other Texas Communities

As midterm elections approach, new research highlights conversations on immigration in 27 communities, including four in Texas.

In Houston, thousands of protesters march against anti-immigrant policies, including family separation.

As divisive, contradicting opinions dominate political discussions on immigration, new research aims at illuminating more nuanced views.

Qualitative research by the National Immigration Forum shows varied perspectives in 27 rural and suburban communities across the country, including Sugar Land, Corpus Christi, El Paso and Lubbock.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford took part in round tables to gauge perspectives in Sugar Land and said there was consensus around finding a middle ground.

“Approaching this as the importance of creating a fair and equitable and well-thought out immigration policy that can take advantage of the great opportunities and talents the immigration population can bring, while at the same time being equitable and fair to legal immigrants,” Mefford said.

Mefford also said she was surprised to hear about immigrant hardships and thinks the native born population should hear more of those perspectives. “We’ll look at this topic as a political, divisive topic and I think that we need to hear more stories of specific people and families and the struggles they went through.”

Fort Bend is among the most diverse counties in the country. 

Research in Corpus Christi and El Paso showed people had concerns about how immigrants adapt and assimilate in America, while acknowledging their economic contributions.

An NPR/Ipsos poll found 69 percent of citizens as believing immigrants are an important part of American identity.