*Data source: Refugee Processing Center: Admissions and Arrivals., figures do not include Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders from Afghanistan and Iraq, nor Afghan Humanitarian Parolees from 2021 evacuation. Does not include asylum seeker data.
SOUTHERN BORDER FACTS: Some 20 million people call the southern border region home, and this population is growing. From San Diego, in California to Brownsville in Texas, the communities that make up the border region are diverse and thriving. Estimates from the Census Bureau show that overall, border residents are more likely to be people of color when compared to the national average (Half of all border residents are Hispanic or Latinx).
*Data Source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Texas
*Data Source New American Economy: Immigrants in Texas
Building, Grounds Cleaning, & Maintenance45%
Construction & Extraction42%
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry39%
*Top % share of the immigrant labor force in Texas. Data source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Texas.
*Data source: Office of Refugee Resettlement
*Data not available
- 37.7%Less than High School
- 36.1%High School & Some College
- 14.9%Bachelor's Degree
- 11.3%Graduate Degree
*Data source: New American Economy: Immigrants in Texas
*Data source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Texas
August 25, 2023
In April, I had the pleasure of volunteering with one of the nonprofit organizations providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to people seeking asylum (“asylum seekers”) along the United States and Mexico border - Team Brownsville. Founded in 2018, Team Brownsville serves immigrants, primarily those who are seeking asylum, who arrive in Brownsville, Texas or who are waiting in the Mexican cities of Matamoros or Reynosa for entry into the United States.