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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Texas state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Texas state flag © Public Domain

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Learn more about the Department’s role in the Annexation of Texas.

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 2.9 million Texas jobs with customers in 223 countries and territories buying Texas-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $262.3 billion in goods exports (2012) and $50.0 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Flights between Dallas and China with an estimated impact of $205 million were made possible by an air transport agreement negotiated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Dallas and Madrid with an estimated impact of $100 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Jyoti Industries, an Indian company’s, $34 million investment in Texas which created up to 157 jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs operates three passport agencies in Texas: one each in DallasHouston and El Paso. The three agencies together employ 214 government and contract staff. (CA)

    • Texas hosted 11,106 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $33 million to the Texas economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, 20 partnership plans were created with Texas organizations with the following countries: Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. (WHA) More»

    • Enova and HERNAN, two companies founded by partners from Texas and Mexico, and VOS Flips, founded by partners from Texas and Guatemala, were among the sixteen finalists through the Department sponsored La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and expand their businesses. (Click here to learn about the semifinalists: Bio Anywhere Corporation; SQMOS; Wanderlust and Teysha) (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State held career events in Fort Worth, Texas, and Austin, Texas, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency jobs. (ISN) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Floyd Cable – Central Texas; John Roberts – Southeast Texas; Anne Callaghan – El Paso): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career foreign service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers.  (HR) More»

    • 528 exchange visitors from overseas visited Texas and 2,089 Texas residents travelled overseas, including 116 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 2,518 Texas citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 80 Texas families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas A&M University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions funding to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • University of Texas at Austin received a $2 million grant from the Department to establish two university partnerships in Pakistan in the social sciences and music for three years. (SCA)

    • Southern Methodist University received a $1 million grant from the Department to establish a university partnership in Pakistan in psychology for three years. (SCA) More»

    • The University of North Texas received a $1 million grant from the Department to establish a university partnership in Pakistan in Linguistics, English Literature, and English Teaching. (SCA) More»

    • 120 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Texas through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • Five Texas universities participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Texas Tech University; University of Houston; University of Texas at Brownsville; University of Texas-Arlington; University of Texas-Tyler. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Texas hosted 1,126 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Texas welcomed 7.475 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (Austin) and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development, with assistance from Conoco Phillips, partnered to produce cross-industry material reuse opportunities. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Energy Future Holdings (Dallas) and China Huadian Corporation partnered to pursue sustainable business models for clean energy, particularly in the area of clean coal. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Floating Windfarms Corporation (Houston) and Tangshan Caofeidian New Development Area partnered on offshore windfarm technology. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Foreign Ambassadors visit Texas as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio) and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan (Merida, Mexico) – Turning the Table: Understanding Cross-Cultural Movements. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Nebraska and Texas National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1993 with the Czech Republic and the Texas National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2008 with Chile. (PM)

    • The Department of State is a partner with Sister Cities International: Austin, TX – Maseru, Lesothos Sister City program. (AF) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded a grant to the Center for American and International Law for about $507,000 in funding to provide mid and executive leadership seminars to members of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (national police). (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center (WFPC) hosted nearly 100 journalists on tours to Fort Hood, Fort Bragg and El Paso to learn about a U.S. military deployment homecoming and a U.S. military exercise. The journalists additionally visited Austin and Houston to learn about youth in politics. (PA) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 961,826 passports were issued to Texas residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has three consular facilities in Texas, the Dallas Passport Agency, El Paso Passport Agency, and the Houston Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 441 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Texas. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 616 overseas adoptions for Texas families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Texas welcomed almost 1.4 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 4.5% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Houston Field Office serves Texas and has Resident Offices in Dallas and El Paso: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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