Texas Summit on Immigration 2019
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
HOUSTON- On October 4, the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) co-hosted the Texas Summit on Immigration with FWD.us, National Immigration Forum, and Texans for Economic Growth Powered by New
American Economy. Business leaders from across the state gathered to discuss the impact of immigration on the economy, families, and communities.
"One million jobs depend on trade between Mexico and the US...Texas businesses depend heavily on proper immigration policy," said Jeff Moseley, President & CEO of the Texas Association of Business. "Solutions exist. We will prevail."
"We certainly couldn't have built Texas without immigrants," said Stan Marek, CEO of Marek Construction. "Half of construction workers are undocumented, not because they want to be, but because they have no choice."
"There are people who have called very concerned about treatment of migrants at the border. And I have people who call who are very concerned about border security," said US Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D- Houston). "What we have to do is bridge that gap and talk about where there’s commonality.”
“We have to jam whoever is in leadership to get this done,” said US Rep. Will Hurd (R- Helotes) at the conclusion of the summit.
According to the Rational Middle video series, of the estimated 11 million undocumented in the US, roughly 8 million people are employed, representing 5% of the overall American workforce. See the video series here.