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Ten Top Myths and Fallacies Regarding Immigration

Barry R. Chiswick

in Writing Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267176
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950207 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267176.003.0008
Ten Top Myths and Fallacies Regarding Immigration

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This chapter presents a list of top ten myths and fallacies regarding immigration and immigrants in the United States today: immigrants are needed to do the jobs natives will not do; there is no effect of immigration on the earnings of native-born workers; immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits; sealing the border will solve the illegal migrant problem; temporary workers (guest workers and undocumented migrants) will go home on their own; if low-skilled immigration was a benefit to the United States in 1910, it must be a benefit to the United States in 2010; immigrants do not want to and do not need to learn English; family-based visas promote fairness while employment-based visas are elitist (if not racist); charging large fees or auctioning visas is discriminatory; immigration: are you for it or against it? The chapter argues that these myths and fallacies have impeded the development of a national consensus regarding the reform of immigration law and policy so as to better serve the economic, humanitarian, and international interests of the United States.

Keywords: United States; immigration; immigrants; myths; fallacies; immigration law; earnings; temporary workers; visas

Chapter.  5262 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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