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Immigration has been a powerful force throughout Texas history, from the time of the earliest Spanish settlers, to later white Americans, to the waves of Central Americans in the last decade. It continues to shape our economy and communities today. In 2013, 4.3 million immigrants were living in Texas, making up over 16 percent of our population and over 21 percent of our workforce.

Immigrants come to Texas from all over the world. While 71 percent come from Latin America, almost 20...

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Immigration has been a powerful force throughout Texas history, from the time of the earliest Spanish settlers, to later white Americans, to the waves of Central Americans in the last decade. It continues to shape our economy and communities today. In 2013, 4.3 million immigrants were living in Texas, making up over 16 percent of our population and over 21 percent of our workforce.

Immigrants come to Texas from all over the world. While 71 percent come from Latin America, almost 20 percent are from Asia; almost 4 percent are from Africa; over 4 percent are from Europe; and still others are from Canada, Greenland, or Oceania.

Immigration has become a highly politicized issue, and conversations on the topic can be difficult. But immigration has shaped our community—past and present—and it is important for people of faith to bring our values forward as part of the larger public conversation. With good information along with compassion, love, and respect, we can learn, pray, and take action together.

Immigration is an issue appropriately addressed at the federal level, and not by state legislatures. Nevertheless, our extended border with Mexico makes this issue one of great importance and consequence to Texans. Our interests in immigration are practical and focus on the health and safety of local communities. Employers need to be able to hire qualified workers. Schools need to be able to educate healthy students. Law enforcement officials need to be able to trust residents to report and discuss criminal activity when it occurs. Faith communities insist that all people in Texas be treated equally.

Local charitable organizations such as faith communities can be key players in helping to foster robust community- law enforcement partnerships, but should not be placed in a position of enforcing immigration law. Likewise, faith communities should not be prevented from offering humanitarian assistance to those in need.

 

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Immigration is a complex issue appropriately addressed at the federal level, and not an appropriate topic for state legislative posturing. Texans’ interests in immigration are practical and focus on the health and safety of local communities. Employers need to be able to hire qualified workers. Schools need to be able to educate healthy students. Law enforcement officials need to be able to trust residents to report and discuss criminal activity when it occurs.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Friday September 25 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

Event Date: 
Monday, September 28, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Texas Impact is coming to San Antonio to talk about programs to help strengthen our community!

Time: Monday, September 28, 2015

Place: University Presbyterian Church. 300 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212

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