Center for Houston’s Future Strategic Initiatives: Immigration

In 2017 we began our immigration initiative work with…

  • A July Summer Salon on Immigration followed by

  • Our November Dinner & Conversation, featuring Donald Graham, former publisher of The Washington Post and founder of TheDream.US.

With support from JP Morgan Chase, we developed a long-term economic outlook based on different immigration policy scenarios, and convening industry sector roundtables to establish common data and discuss issues and concerns.

We are working with the following national and local organizations on this project: New American Economy, National Immigration Forum, Anti-Defamation League, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Rational Middle, and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

We have convened four roundtable workshops:

  • a group of community leaders including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, former Mayor Annise Parker, Houston Community College Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, and Rice University’s representative Y. Ping Sun; 

  • education leaders from K-12, Community College, and charter districts; 

  • healthcare industry leaders from major hospital systems, community health organizations, and medical schools

  • commercial construction industry leaders from large general contractor and subcontractor companies.

We plan additional meetings with representatives from hospitality, residential construction, manufacturing and entrepreneurial businesses. The report was released at a conference and workshop in March 2019.


Rational Middle: Immigration

During these tumultuous times, immigration has become one of the most important challenges facing our nation. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate on the issue. This has led to misinformation and finger pointing on both sides and widened the divide on this important national issue.

Because there is no information standard-bearer, the two sides of the immigration debate will continue to drift farther apart. The Center for Houston's Future has produced a series of short documentaries created by the Rational Middle to present the facts on immigration and frame them with historical context and personal stories. We are focusing on the challenges facing the country through the eyes of immigrants, municipalities, business owners, and citizens on the ground who find themselves confronted with this issue.