AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Economic Freedom today released a paper by Foundation Senior Fellow and President of Capital Policy Analytics Ike Brannon and Director of Fiscal Research at Capital Policy Analytics Logan Albright, M.A. on the impact on Texas of the federally-dominated immigration system. The paper, Immigration’s Impact on the Texas Economy, finds that Texas retains a high immigrant population despite having generally less generous welfare programs than other states.

“Understanding how immigration affects the Texas economy is important not just for Texans but also for the rest of the country,” said Brannon. “In the end, the primary reason that immigrants are drawn to Texas, both from Latin America and elsewhere in the U.S., is due to the unique economic opportunities the state provides.”

“The costs of enforcing our broken federal immigration system are significant,” said Peacock. “Texans and the Texas economy would be much better off with an immigration system in which states play a much larger role.”

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Ike Brannon is a Senior Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and President of Capital Policy Analytics.

Bill Peacock is vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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