Debunking Immigration Myths: Clarifying Misconceptions and Facts

Immigration Myths

Today, immigration myths abound. They cause many people to have a negative outlook on immigrants. Untrue statements are dispersed across social media and enforce false notions. 

This article will debunk immigration myths to promote a better understanding of immigrants in the United States.

Myth 1: Immigrants are Overrunning Our Country

There are more immigrants living in America than ever before. However, the numbers reflect an increase in population. The percentage of immigrants in the country has remained stable over several years.

Today, immigrants account for about 13.5% of the population. The statistic is comparable to spikes in the 1850s, 1880s, and between 1900 and 1930, when immigration ranged from 12% to 15%.

Myth 2: Most Immigrants are in the Country Illegally

Statistics show 76% of immigrants in America have lawful status. 44.7% are naturalized citizens. Others hold green cards, work visas, or student visas. Some are refugees seeking asylum.

Myth 3: Immigrants are a Source of Crime and Violence

Many people believe that immigrants are mainly responsible for crime in America. But research shows native-born citizens are more likely to commit crimes and get arrested.

Studies find that violent crimes drop during times of high immigration. Immigration reached a peak between 1990 and 2010. Statistics show that violent crimes fell by 45% while property crimes decreased by 42% over those years.

Myth 4: Immigrants Take Americans’ Jobs

People claim that immigrants take jobs away from people born in the U.S. But the truth is, they often create new jobs. Studies show immigrants are twice as likely to start a business than United States natives.

Immigrant-owned companies are also more likely to hire employees as compared to companies owned by U.S.-born citizens.

Myth 5: Immigrants Hurt the Country Financially by Not Paying Taxes

Another common myth states that immigrants don’t pay taxes. However, immigrants account for $90 to $140 billion of America’s annual income tax. The population included undocumented workers that shell out about 8% of their income in state and local taxes which is higher than the effective tax rate for most Americans.

Myth 6: Immigrants Come to the United States to Take Advantage of Welfare and Other Benefits

There are some immigrants on welfare. But most work hard to take care of themselves and their families. Studies show that, on average, immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits proving they cover their expenses.

Additionally, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for food stamps, social security, Medicaid, Medicare, and other public benefits. Immigrants with lawful status may not receive those benefits until they have been in the country for five years.

Voloshen Law Helps Immigrants Transition into the Country

The experts at Voloshen Law do not fall for false news. We understand that immigrants benefit our society. We aid with the naturalization process for individuals who want to work, study and live in America.

We offer various immigration services such as marriage visas, student visas, employment-based immigration, investment visas, and more. We treat our clients with a high level of respect. We offer personalized service and reasonable fees.

Contact us to learn how we can assist with your legal matters.


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