Monday, May 5, 2014

The Top 5 Immigration Myths



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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I'm sorry but I don't see the purpose in continuing to spread the myths. Cognitive linguists have noted that facts merely bounce off frames. They won't convince anyone. If informing the public about facts could change the debate on immigration, it already would have done so. Rather than dispelling myths and actually spreading them further, advocates should spend more time developing our own frames.

Posted by: Willcoley | May 5, 2014 11:31:16 AM

Good thoughts all, Will.

Posted by: Immigration Prof | May 5, 2014 4:38:59 PM

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