How to get a job in Texas
Posted On July 2, 2021
TEXAS — The Mexican border has been a hot spot for immigrants since at least the 1970s, and the state has seen an influx of them since Trump took office.
But now, the number of Mexicans crossing into the United States has grown rapidly, with tens of thousands arriving in Texas over the past few years, and more than 1,000 migrants killed this year alone, according to U.S. Border Patrol data.
“There’s a growing problem here,” said Javier Gonzalez, an immigration attorney in San Antonio.
“I see more and more of them arriving in my district.
There’s just so many of them.”
Mexico has a long history of immigration in Texas.
In 1849, Mexico granted asylum to the first American Mexican in Texas, a Spanish American who came to Texas from Puerto Rico.
After the Civil War, Mexican immigrants began to settle in Texas from the mid-1860s, working as domestic servants and farm workers.
By the turn of the 20th century, Mexicans were the majority of the migrants coming to the state.
During the 1920s and 1930s, many of the immigrants came for work, but many came as tourists or businessmen who wanted to make a career in Texas or in the United Kingdom.
Mexican immigrants began arriving in the state in the early 20th Century to work as indentured servants.
Between 1871 and 1933, there were more than 40,000 Mexican immigrants living in Texas in all.
The population grew to nearly 1 million in the late 1950s, when the Mexican population swelled to more than 5 million, said Laura Garcia, director of the Mexican-American Immigration Coalition.
“It was so widespread, and it was so well integrated,” she said.
“They were a lot more than just indentured labor, they were businessmen.
They were professionals.
They were very integrated.
They had business interests, they had a lot of friends, they could go out to restaurants, and they were very well integrated.”
The influx of Mexicans into Texas also helped fuel the state’s economic boom.
At one point, Texas was the third-largest producer of corn in the country.
By the 1980s, the Mexican crop was so dominant that it became a major driver of the state economy.
Today, Texas’ economy is estimated to be worth about $1 trillion, with about 25 percent of the economy made up of jobs.
For Mexicans who came here as slaves, there’s also a different kind of migration that comes with the job offer.
They’re considered low-skilled workers, but they’re also the backbone of the American economy, according Matt Wessel, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Some of those low-skill workers can find a better job than the one they came to the United