Research from the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Texas: By the Numbers

From 1970 to 2014,

the Texas population

increased by

15.7 Million (141%)

Current population:

27.5 Million

• Odessa—14.7%

• Austin—12.5%

• Dallas/Fort Worth—9.5%

• Killeen—10%

• College Station—6.4%

• San Antonio—6.1%

• Plano—5.6%

More people are moving to Texas than to any other state. Since 2010, the population has been growing at a rate of 2.6% per year, but many areas are growing much faster.

While many people are migrating to Texas from within the United States, immigration—both legal and illegal—contributes to the majority of the state's population growth.

The foreign-born population in Texas increased

from 309,700 in 1970 to

4.5 million

in 2014. An increase of





That's the equivalent of the entire populations of Alaska,

North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming and Washington, D.C.

ALL relocating to Texas.





This means that immigration and the children born to immigrants are responsible for


of Texas' overall population increase

between 1970 and 2014.


1.8 Million (40%)

of the foreign-born population in Texas is illegal aliens.

If Texas continues along its current trajectory, the state's population is set to reach 33.7 Million by 2025, and a mind numbing 54.4 Million by 2050. Is this kind of growth sustainable?


Those who favor rapid population growth and the immigration policies that go along with it, promise that there will be no downside. But this kind of rapid growth is what leads to overdevelopment, urban sprawl, and a host of other strains on natural resources and infrastructure. A strong economy and a healthy environment aren't mutually exclusive, and there are benefits to having a sensible, sustainable immigration system. What we have now is neither.


Population growth, whether immigration-driven or not, means more people, more resource consumption, more waste and more pollution. We need to look no further than Texas for an example of the effects of this unsustainable trend.


Whatever your view on immigration, its effect on population growth (and thus the environment) cannot be ignored.




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