Immigration Facts & Myths

Su Casa Summer Camp #1 webThere are a number of myths about the immigrant population in the U.S.  Let’s take a look at some of the common myths and the actual facts.

POPULATION MYTH – Immigrants will “over-populate” the United States.
FACT – Immigrants will replenish the U.S. labor force as the Baby Boomers retire.

WAGES MYTH – Immigrants drive down the wages of American workers.
FACT – Immigrants give a slight boost to the wages of most Americans by increasing their productivity and stimulating investment.

JOBS MYTH – Every job filled by an immigrant, especially illegal immigrants, is a job that could be filled by an unemployed American.
FACT – Immigrants typically do not compete for jobs with native-born workers and immigrants create jobs as entrepreneurs, consumers, and taxpayers.

TAXES MYTH – Undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes.
FACT – Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in taxes each year, often for benefits they will never receive.

INTEGRATION MYTH –Today’s immigrants are not becoming as part of U.S. society as other immigrants have in the past.
FACT – Today’s immigrants are buying homes and becoming U.S. citizens.

WELFARE MYTH – Immigrants come to the U.S. for welfare benefits.
FACT – Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal benefit programs, and legal immigrants face stringent eligibility restrictions.

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Ohio’s Hispanic/Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, accounting for 350,000, or 3.1%, of Ohio’s total population. – U.S. Census Bureau

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