MYTH : Weak border enforcement has led to high rates of undocumented immigration. We should increase enforcement.
FACT : Increase border control and fences have done very little to reduce the flow of immigrants across the border and is extremely costly. In addition, the undocumented population has increased due to the difficulty to return to country of origin.
$94 Billion estimated cost for deportation of undocumented immigrants.
$285 billion Total cost to deport the undocumented immigrant population and continue border interdiction and interior enforcement efforts over a five-year period (in 2008 dollars).1 $85 billion Cost of continuing enforcement over a five-year period. $200 billion Total cost to find and arrest, detain, legally process, and transport the undocumented population over a five-year period. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/03/pdf/cost_of_deportation_execsumm.pdf
MYTH: Immigrants are a drain on U.S. social services.
FACT: Undocumented immigrants pay taxes and social security, which contributes greatly to public revenue. They will never get a return until they become citizens. Immigrants pay sales, income, and property taxes.
MYTH : Immigrants bring crime to our cities and towns.
FACT : Immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes because of increased chances of detainment and deportation if caught. Even though undocumented populations have increased in the U.S., crime rates have decreased significantly.