Myths about immigrants

Myth, Fact, Source.

1. Immigrants don’t pay taxes

      All immigrants pay taxes, whether income, property, sales, or

other. As far as income tax payments go, sources vary in their

accounts, but a range of studies find that immigrants pay

between $90 and $140 billion a year in federal, state, and local

taxes. Even undocumented immigrants pay income taxes, as

evidenced by the Social Security Administration’s “suspense file”

(taxes that cannot be matched to workers’ names and social

security numbers), which grew $20 billion between 1990 and 1998. 

-National Academy of Sciences, Cato Institute, Urban Institute, Social Security Administration.

2. Immigrants come here to take welfare.

       Immigrants come to work and reunite with family members.

Immigrant labor force participation is consistently higher than

native-born, and immigrant workers make up a larger share of

the U.S. labor force (12.4%) than they do the U.S. population

(11.5%). Moreover, the ratio between immigrant use of public

benefits and the amount of taxes they pay is consistently

favorable to the U.S., unless the “study” was undertaken by an

anti-immigrant group. In one estimate, immigrants earn about

$240 billion a year, pay about $90 billion a year in taxes, and

use about $5 billion in public benefits. In another cut of the

data, immigrant tax payments total $20 to $30 billion more than

the amount of government services they use.

-American Immigration Lawyers Association, Urban Institute

3. Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries

       In addition to the consumer spending of immigrant households,

immigrants and their businesses contribute $162 billion in tax

revenue to U.S. federal, state, and local governments. While it

is true that immigrants remit billions of dollars a year to their

home countries, this is one of the most targeted and effective

forms of direct foreign investment.

-Cato Institute, Inter-American Development Bank

4. Immigrants take jobs and opportunity away from Americans

       The largest wave of immigration to the U.S. since the early

1900s coincided with our lowest national unemployment rate

and fastest economic growth. Immigrant entrepreneurs create

jobs for U.S. and foreign workers, and foreign-born students

allow many U.S. graduate programs to keep their doors open.

While there has been no comprehensive study done of

immigrant-owned businesses, we have countless examples: in

Silicon Valley, companies begun by Chinese and Indian

immigrants generated more than $19.5 billion in sales and

nearly 73,000 jobs in 2000.

-Brookings Institution

5. Immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy

       During the 1990s, half of all new workers were foreign-born,

filling gaps left by native-born workers in both the high- and

low-skill ends of the spectrum. Immigrants fill jobs in key

sectors, start their own businesses, and contribute to a thriving

economy. The net benefit of immigration to the U.S. is nearly

$10 billion annually. As Alan Greenspan points out, 70% of

immigrants arrive in prime working age. That means we

haven’t spent a penny on their education, yet they are

-National Academy of Sciences, Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, Federal Reserve

Facts about Immigration

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  1. There were an estimated 38 million immigrants in the United States in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2010, 9.6 million came from Mexico, 1.9 million from China and about a million from Canada.
  2. According to hate crime statistics published annually by the FBI, anti-Latino hate crimes rose by almost 35% between 2003 and 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available.
  3. An estimated 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants live and work in the United States, or around one in every 20 workers, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center based on government figures.
  4. In March of 2006, New Jersey-based neo-Nazi radio host Hal Turner called for the mass murder of Hispanics and the assassination of U.S. senators who support guest worker programs. “I advocate using extreme violence against illegal aliens. Clean your guns. Have plenty of ammunition. Find out where the largest gathering of illegal aliens will be near you. Go to the area well in advance, scope out several places to position yourself and then do what has to be done.” Turner directed his listeners to a website that provides detailed instructions on constructing pipe bombs, ammonium nitrate “fertilizer bombs,” car bombs, chlorine gas bombs, and other homemade explosive devices.
  5. The foreign-born population of the US is 12.5% of the total population (in 2010).
  6. In California, the leader of the hate group Save our State, Joe Turner, obtained enough signatures from residents of San Bernardino to get an immigrant-bashing initiative he authored on the upcoming ballot. Turner’s “City of San Bernardino Illegal Immigration Relief Act” would prohibit city funding of day laborer centers, allow police to seize the vehicles of anyone hiring an undocumented day laborer, and make it a crime for landlords to rent to illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court struck down the act saying Turner had not gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure. Turner vowed to bring a new, harsher measure to the ballot.
  7. Los Angeles is home to one fifth of the US Hispanic population. 48% of the L.A. population is Hispanic. Mexican and Latin-American immigrants and continued high fertility rates account for the increases.
  8. Immigrants are an essential element in keeping the American economy strong, from fast food businesses to high-tech industry, they are filling an intrinsic need in the labor force.
  9. Illegal aliens contribute about as much to the public coffers in taxes as they receive in benefits. New data suggests the undocumented pay about 46% as much in taxes as do natives, but use about 45% as much in services. A poll of the most respected economists found a consensus that both legal and illegal immigrants are beneficial economically.
  10. Another growing immigrant group experiencing an upsurge in hate crime, largely as a result of Middle East crises and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, are people of Arab descent. Often they are blamed for incidents to which they have no connection. The hate crimes following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which included murder and beatings, were directed at Arabs solely because they shared or were perceived as sharing the national background of the hijackers responsible for attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
  11. As the country debates stricter enforcement of immigration laws, thousands of people who are not American citizens are being locked up for days, months or years while the government decides whether to deport them. Some have no valid visa; some are legal residents, but have past criminal convictions; other are seeking asylum from persecution.

Sources: 
Southern Poverty Law Center 
Slate 
Reuters 
Rapid Immigration

Who would Jesus deport?!

when the questions of immigration and deportation come up just think, would Jesus ever see people die everyday trying to come to our country only to deport the few who actually make it??

antipositivism:

man watches his wife and child leave as he awaits deportation from the U.S.

hotep4all:

“No Human is Illegal” - 112th and Wilmington - South Central, LA

And We wonder why Mexicans are migrate to our country..

jpegartifacts:

“We don’t cross borders, borders crossed us.
No one is illegal.”

jpegartifacts:

“We don’t cross borders, borders crossed us.

No one is illegal.”

Some of the kids in Tijuana wating for their new house to be built

Some of the kids in Tijuana wating for their new house to be built