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Zehr: Immigration helped fuel the state’s economic growth; education will sustain it

By Dan Zehr - American-Statesman Staff



For all the influence immigration exerts on everyday life in Texas, the critical role immigrants have played in the state’s economic evolution often goes overlooked. A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas hopes to correct that.

The report, called “Gone to Texas,” argues that Texas wouldn’t have realized the economic prosperity it’s enjoying today without the millions of immigrants who moved in over the past three decades. And, it says, if the state doesn’t invest in the education and well-being of its immigrants and their children, it could jeopardize its future economic vitality. (The full report can be found online http://www.dallasfed.org/assets/documents/research/pubs/gonetx.pdf)

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