Myths about immigration

Immigrants don’t pay taxes


Immigrants come here to take welfare

Source: “Questioning Immigration Policy – Can We Afford to Open Our Arms?” Friends Committee on National Legislation Document #G-606-DOM, January 25, 1996.

Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries


Immigrants take jobs and opportunity away from Americans

Source: Richard Vedder, Lowell Gallaway, and Stephen Moore, Immigration and Unemployment: New Evidence, Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, Arlington, VA (Mar. 1994), p. 13.

Immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy

Source:  Andrew Sum, Mykhaylo Trubskyy, Ishwar Khatiwada, et al., Immigrant Workers in the New England Labor Market: Implications for Workforce Development Policy, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Prepared for the New England Regional Office, the Employment and Training Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2002.

Immigrants don’t want to learn English or become Americans

Source:  American Immigration Lawyers Association, “Myths & Facts in the Immigration Debate”, 8/14/03.,142#section4

Source: Simon Romero and Janet Elder, “Hispanics in the US Report Optimism” New York Times, (Aug. 6, 2003). 

Today’s immigrants are different than those of 100 years ago

Source: Census Data:,

Most immigrants cross the border illegally

Source: Department of Homeland Security (

Weak U.S. border enforcement has lead to high undocumented immigration

Source: Immigration and Naturalization website:

The war on terrorism can be won through immigration restrictions

Source: Associated Press/Dow Jones Newswires, “US Senate Subcommittee Hears Immigration Testimony”, Oct. 17, 2001.


Source: Cato Institute: “Don’t Blame Immigrants for Terrorism”, Daniel Griswold, Assoc. Director of Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies.


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