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Tony Payan, Ph.D., and Pamela Lizette Cruz

Rice University’s Baker Institute Mexico Center

Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute.

Pamela Lizette Cruz is the research analyst for the Baker Institute Mexico Center.

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The future of immigration

Although there is wide agreement that the immigration system is broken, federal government and cities perspectives on solutions differ greatly. While national leaders are moving aggressively to restrict immigration, with little to no understanding of what immigration means for our economy and our society, our cities and communities understand and welcome the added value that immigrants bring with them, especially to local economies, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and cultural landscapes.