Trump’s Immigration Plan Could Impact Diversity In Texas

The president’s proposal favors higher-wage, young and skilled workers.

A United States Citizenship and Immigration Services form for attaining a green card, which allows immigrants to legally work.

The Trump administration’s plan to limit family migration and attract more high-skilled workers, could affect the diversity of immigrants coming to Texas.

The president’s plan favors higher-wage, young, educated and skilled workers.

That would change the racial makeup of who gets to come here legally, according to Migration Policy Institute data.

Of the 420,000 recent visa-holders in Texas, more than half have annual incomes below 250% of the federal poverty line. That’s a yearly income of $40,600 for a family of two. 

People making less than that are more likely to be from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean or Africa.

The majority of visa-holders from Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada have incomes higher than 250% of the federal poverty line, so they would be more likely to benefit from Trump’s proposal.

Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative attorney Andrea Guttin said it’s not just wealthy immigrants that contribute to the economy.

“Family-based migration has a positive impact on business development and community improvement. In Houston, immigrants are 53% more likely to start businesses than their American-born counterparts,” she said. 

“As a nation, we should embrace diversity, not run from it,” said Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez, executive director of Jolt Action, a progressive Latino advocacy group. 

Congress would need to approve the president’s plan in order for it to become law, which Democrats are unlikely to support.