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10 Immigration Facts Everyone Can Agree On

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Despite the numerous studies and carefully detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, there is a great deal of misinformation about the impact of immigration. It is …

Despite the numerous studies and carefully detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, there is a great deal of misinformation about the impact of immigration. It is critical that policymakers and the public are educated about the facts behind these fallacies.

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  • 1. 10 Immigration facts everyone can agree on
  • 2. #1: JOBS MYTH: FACT: Every job filled by an immigrant is a job that could be filled by an unemployed American. Immigrants typically do not compete for jobs with native-born workers and immigrants create jobs as entrepreneurs, consumers, and taxpayers.
  • 3. #2: ECONOMY MYTH: FACT: The sluggish U.S. economy doesn’t need more immigrant workers. Immigrants will replenish the U.S. labor force as millions of Baby Boomers retire.
  • 4. #3: UNEMPLOYMENT MYTH: FACT: At a time of high unemployment, the U.S. economy does not need temporary foreign workers. Temporary workers from abroad fill specialized needs in specific sectors of the U.S. economy.
  • 5. #4: HIGH-TECH WORKERS MYTH: FACT: There is no shortfall of native-born Americans for open positions in the natural sciences, engineering, and computer science and thus no need for foreign-born high-tech workers. Job openings are expanding at educational levels where demographic data show too few native-born students, so we can expect these shortfalls to persist in the future. Moreover, relative to other economic indicators, wages are increasing in STEM jobs requiring higher education.
  • 6. #5: COMMUNITY IMPACT MYTH: FACT: Immigrants hurt communities that are struggling economically. Immigrants have economically revitalized many communities throughout the country.
  • 7. #6: TAXES MYTH: FACT: Undocumented immigrants Undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes. pay billions of dollars in taxes each year.
  • 8. #7: WELFARE MYTH: FACT: Immigrants come to the United States for welfare benefits. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefit programs, and even legal immigrants face stringent eligibility restrictions.
  • 9. #8: INTEGRATION MYTH: FACT: Today’s immigrants are not assimilating into U.S. society. Today’s immigrants are buying homes, becoming U.S. citizens, and learning English.
  • 10. #9: CRIME MYTH: FACT: Immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Immigration does not cause crime rates to rise, and immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than native-born Americans.
  • 11. #10: BORDER SECURITY MYTH: FACT: Reforming the legal immigration system will not help secure the border. Immigration reform is an integral part of any effective border security strategy.
  • 12. what myths did we miss? Let us know! /USChamber @USChamber /USChamber /USChamber