Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the US

LA Times:

The boys sprint in white and yellow uniforms down the green turf, grunting and sweating as the coach shouts from the sidelines. “Búscalo, búscalo,” he yells in Spanish, urging the players to sprint for the ball.

“Umusitari!” comes a voice on the sidelines — run down the line — from Biganiro Espoir, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Margaret Long Wisdom High School soccer team hails from Central America, Mexico, Africa and points between. Its bench hums with Spanish, Kinyarwanda, Swahili and often English. But its real unifying language — soccer, played hard — is universal.

The high school is in southwest Houston, a city whose stunning growth and high-volume immigration have turned it into the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the country, surpassing New York in 2010.

“It’s really surprising to see a place like this in the South, where you consider it to be racist and xenophobic,” said Michael Negussie, a Wisdom High School senior from Ethiopia. “Stereotypes of Texas don’t apply here.”

Of course in some ways they still do. Houston — with a black, Democratic mayor and a powerfully pro-immigrant population — has potentially become one of the battlefronts in Texas over the city’s “don’t ask” ‘sanctuary policy,’ which prohibits police from inquiring about the immigration status of a person who hasn’t been arrested.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has led an aggressive charge to end such policies, and on Sunday signed a bill to punish so-called sanctuary cities.

Under the new law, set to take effect Sept. 1, local law enforcement officers are allowed to ask people about their immigration status during a lawful detention, such as a routine traffic stop. Local entities that prohibit enforcement of immigration laws could be fined up to $25,500 a day.
I doubt anyone on that soccer team has anything to fear from the law banning sanctuary cities.  Houston is a destination city for legal immigrants who usually are already high achievers.  I have been to an outlet mall that is inundated with the ethnic mix including many orientals of varying nationalities that were not described in the soccer story.  They appear prosperous and also appear to be embracing the American culture.

My healthcare providers look like they would fit in at the UN.  My primary care physician is of Indian descent, but you would never know that if you just talked to her on the phone.  My Dentist is second generation Iranian and I would describe her as an all-American girl who is a consummate professional.  I have had specialists with varying nationalities.  If you go to the world famous Houston Medical Center you see the same mix of nationalities.

Houston has always been a welcoming city that tends to judge people on their ability and not where they came from.


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