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This Ain’t No Ellis Island: The Top 5 Immigration Myths

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Some of these surprised the heck out of me. You?

FACT CHECK TIME:

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.

This video was created by the wonderful people over at FWD.US. Twitter them here. And on Facebook, Like ’em if ya feel ’em. Also, there’s this fabulous article on even more myths about immigration. Thumbnail image via Wikimedia Commons.