This Ain’t No Ellis Island: The Top 5 Immigration Myths

Brandon Weber

Some of these surprised the heck out of me. You?

FACT CHECK TIME:

Myth 1: "It's easy to gain legal status in the U.S." The reality is that it can take 20 years (largely due to backlogs!).

Myth 2: "Undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes." In 2010, they paid $10.6 billion in state and local taxes.

Myth 3: "Most new immigrants come from Latin America." Yeah, ummm ... no. And, no. And once again, no.

Myth 4: "DREAMers affect the U.S. economy negatively." More like they'd add $329 billion and 1.4 million jobs to the economy by 2030. (FYI, here's who DREAMers are.)

Myth 5: "Most immigrants are undocumented." In fact, two-thirds are documented.

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