10 Myths About Immigration

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Myths about immigration and immigrants are common. Here are a few of the most frequently heard misconceptions along with information to help you and your students separate fact from fear.

When students make statements that are mistaken or inaccurate, one response is to simply ask, “How do you know that’s true?” Whatever the answer—even if it’s “That’s what my parents say”—probe a little more to get at the source. Ask, “Where do you think they got that information?” or “That sounds like it might be an opinion and not a fact.” Guide students to find a reliable source and help them figure out how to check the facts.

Most immigrants are here illegally.
With so much controversy around the issue of undocumented immigrants, it’s easy to overlook the fact that most of the foreign-born living in the United States have followed the rules and have permission to be here.  Of the more than 31 million foreign-born people living in the United States in 2009, about 20 million were either citizens or legal residents. Of those who did not have authorization to be here, about 45 percent entered the country legally and then let their papers expire.

It's just as easy to enter the country legally today as it was when my ancestors arrived.
Ask students when their ancestors immigrated and if they know what the entry requirements were at the time. For about the first 100 years, the United States had an “open immigration system that allowed any able-bodied immigrant in,” explains immigration historian David Reimers. The biggest obstacle would-be immigrants faced was getting here. Today there are many rules about who may enter the country and stay legally. Under current policy, many students’ immigrant ancestors who arrived between 1790 and 1924 would not be allowed in today.

There’s a way to enter the country legally for anyone who wants to get in line.
Ask students if they know the rules to enter the country legally and stay here to work. The simple answer is that there is no “line” for most very poor people with few skills to stand in and gain permanent U.S. residency. Generally, gaining permission to live and work in the United States is limited to people who are (1) highly trained in a skill that is in short supply here, (2) escaping political persecution, or (3) joining close family already here.

My ancestors learned English, but today’s immigrants refuse.
Ask students to find out how long it took for their ancestors to stop using their first language. “Earlier immigrant groups held onto their cultures fiercely,” notes Reimers. “When the United States entered the First World War [in 1917], there were over 700 German-language newspapers. Yet, German immigration had peaked in the 1870s.”

While today’s immigrants may speak their first language at home, two-thirds of those older than 5 speak English “well” or “very well” according to research by the independent, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. And the demand for adult ESL instruction in the United States far outstrips available classes.

Today’s immigrants don’t want to blend in and become “Americanized.”
Ask students what it means to blend in to American society. In 2010, about 500,000 immigrants became naturalized citizens. They had to overcome obstacles like getting here, finding a job, overcoming language barriers, paying naturalization fees, dealing with a famously lethargic immigration bureaucracy and taking a written citizenship test. This is not the behavior of people who take becoming  American lightly.

The reality is that the typical pattern of assimilation in the United States has remained steady, says Reimers. “The first generation struggled with English and didn’t learn it. The second was bilingual. And the third can’t talk to their grandparents.” If anything, the speed of assimilation is faster today than at any time in our past, mainly because of public education and mass media.

Immigrants take good jobs from Americans.
Ask students what kinds of jobs they think immigrants are taking. According to the Immigration Policy Center, a nonpartisan group, research indicates there is little connection between immigrant labor and unemployment rates of native-born workers. Here in the United States, two trends—better education and an aging population—have resulted in a decrease in the number of Americans willing or available to take low-paying jobs. Between 2000 and 2005, the supply of low-skilled American-born workers slipped by 1.8 million. 

To fill the void, employers often hire immigrant workers. One of the consequences, unfortunately, is that it is easier for unscrupulous employers to exploit this labor source and pay immigrants less, not provide benefits and ignore worker-safety laws. On an economic level, Americans benefit from relatively low prices on food and other goods produced by undocumented immigrant labor.

Undocumented immigrants bring crime.
Ask students where they heard this. Nationally, since 1994, the violent crime rate has declined 34 percent and the property crime rate has fallen 26 percent, even as the number of undocumented immigrants has doubled. According to the conservative Americas Majority Foundation, crime rates during the period 1999–2006 were lowest in states with the highest immigration growth rates. During that period the total crime rate fell 14 percent in the 19 top immigration states, compared to only 7 percent in the other 31. Truth is, foreign-born people in America—whether they are naturalized citizens, permanent residents or undocumented—are incarcerated at a much lower rate than native-born Americans, according to the National Institute of Corrections.

Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes but still get benefits.
Ask students what are some ways Americans pay taxes, as in income tax and sales tax. Undocumented immigrants pay taxes every time they buy gas, clothes or new appliances. They also contribute to property taxes—a main source of school funding—when they buy or rent a house, or rent an apartment. The Social Security Administration estimates that half to three-quarters of undocumented immigrants pay federal, state and local taxes, including $6 billion to $7 billion in Social Security taxes for benefits they will never get. They can receive schooling and emergency medical care, but not welfare or food stamps.

The United States is being overrun by immigrants like never before.
Ask students why they think this. As a percentage of the U.S. population, the historic high actually came in 1900, when the foreign-born constituted nearly 20 percent of the population. Today, about 12 percent of the population is foreign-born. Since the start of the recession in 2008, the number of undocumented immigrants coming into the country has actually dropped.

Many people also accuse immigrants of having “anchor babies”—children who allow the whole family to stay. According to the U.S. Constitution, a child born on U.S. soil is automatically an American citizen. That is true. But immigration judges will not keep immigrant parents in the United States just because their children are U.S. citizens. Between 1998 and 2007, the federal government deported about 108,000 foreign-born parents whose children had been born here. These children must wait until they are 21 before they can petition to allow their parents to join them in the United States. That process is long and difficult. In reality, there is no such thing as an “anchor baby.”

Anyone who enters the country illegally is a criminal.
Ask students whether someone who jaywalks or who doesn’t feed a parking meter is a criminal. Explain that only very serious misbehavior is generally considered “criminal” in our legal system. Violations of less serious laws are usually “civil” matters and are tried in civil courts. People accused of crimes are tried in criminal courts and can be imprisoned. Federal immigration law says that unlawful presence in the country is a civil offense and is, therefore, not a crime. The punishment is deportation. However, some states—like Arizona—are trying to criminalize an immigrant’s mere presence.

Comments

I am disgusted by your words

Submitted by Anonymous on 9 October 2014 - 10:33pm.

I am disgusted by your words considering most "immigrants" have done nothing but better America. Maybe if these so-called "Americans" would get off their asses and had a bit more talents then they wouldn't lose "their" jobs.

Debunking Myths

Submitted by Maya on 16 October 2014 - 5:16pm.

Hi. We're not entirely sure who your comment is directed at. Just to clarify, this article attempts to debunk certain myths, not perpetuate them. Best, Teaching Tolerance

Solutions

Submitted by Anonymous on 26 September 2014 - 1:18pm.

Business owners here in California should be forced to use E-Verify when hiring. I truly believe a vast majority of people have not problem with immigrants since our own parents and grand parents are immigrants themselves. People are upset with illegal immigration and are tired that our immigration laws are not being enforced.

10 Misconceptions about Immigration

Submitted by Anonymous on 18 September 2014 - 7:42am.

Perhaps this document can serve to shed some light over this interesting discussion: http://www.equalrightscenter.org/site/DocServer/REPORT_FINAL_WEB_7.pdf?docID=151

I am a little taken back by the way this is worded

Submitted by Anonymous on 10 September 2014 - 3:51am.

First off, because you're against people who decide to immigrate into the U.S. without going through the proper channels does not mean you blame immigration. In fact I think a majority of people in the United States would agree that we would have no problem at all if all legal channels were followed.

As far as entering the country I have downloaded the forms. I asked about the process of fees from friends who came here legally from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. They said the cost was about 2500 and you had to pay right away. They said they were pretty poor, but the fee was not impossible. They say the wait can be a bother, but like the RMV just because the line is long doesn't mean you can just give up and do it illegally.

Taxes: I was a little taken back by Wikipedia busting myths page which states property owners who are illegals pay property taxes. How can you own property without a social security card? Unless you have a stolen card.

People who enter the country illegally are not all criminals. Technically they have broken a law. People are not saying they're all part of a gang and traffic drugs. They are saying they broke the law to get here and because they have to lie cheat and steal in order to be here, that makes them criminals.

My family immigrated here legally and yes I was born here. It gets me very angry the way this page tries to dismiss everything as if people who are against it are racists who don't want anyone coming here at all or that the countries they are coming from are war zones and Americans are heartless. You hold none of the parents responsible for taking their kids across a treacherous journey in hopes of amnesty. But call people opposed to it heartless while hiding behind children.

a lot of people want to come here from all over the world, so there is a long line to get in. Sorry, but that's the world and we don't need a tragedy of the commons. Just because you become the world hegemony doesn't mean it will always be that way especially if you let everyone run train on the possibility of freebies. Given current agricultural demands as well as feeding current populations. Letting people fill up every free space on the planet is not an option.

Mexico is like the US. It has its good parts and bad parts. Brazil is like the US it has its good parts and bad parts and Ecuador out of all is probably the harshest place to live. But the people of these countries have been disarmed and the War on drugs and not being able to fight corruption and the fact they can't defend themselves against cartel means one thing. That to survive you either run or become part of the corrupt.

Meanwhile the Left it seems stereotypes anyone who realizes America is not a cash cow that can take everyone in the world. I would love too, but it cannot be done. IF you allow amnesty, those here will be eligible for benefits that the taxpayer must pay for considering most would be low education level they would barely be able to survive. You cannot legislate mortality or make their lives better by allowing them in while ignoring where they're forms corruption.

End the war on drugs and push for them to have a second amendment like the United States. They're are disarmed and victims of corruption and violence because they cannot fight evil. Ending the war on drugs would force cartels to go out of business or legitimize. If you wanted to do anything for these people it would be what I have shared.

Check your Facts

Submitted by Anonymous on 7 September 2014 - 4:17pm.

Illegal aliens do indeed qualify for free medical care, free education for their children, free housing, and food stamps. Medical institutions, public schools, housing assistance programs, and food stamp assistance programs are prohibited by law from asking an applicant to prove LEGAL residency. All they need to do is provide an address.

First off, the term "aliens"

Submitted by Anonymous on 16 September 2014 - 8:47pm.

First off, the term "aliens" is very ignorant of you. Second off all, you should check your facts. Immigrants DO NOT get any help from the government. People like you are the reason this world is so arrogant.

Don't receive any help from the government? Really?

Submitted by Anonymous on 4 October 2014 - 5:53pm.

Comments like that are the reason that this world is so delusional. Here's a couple of 'headlines'

- U.S. Department of Treasury's inspector general for tax administration issued a startling report entitled “Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable Credits.”
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it could save nearly $70 million from 2015 to 2019 by preventing illegal immigrants from taking advantage of Medicare’s prescription drug program or enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans.

etc...

There are MANY cases where illegal aliens get help from the government, either directly or indirectly.

Aliens is the term used in US

Submitted by Anonymous on 19 September 2014 - 6:01pm.

Aliens is the term used in US State Code.

Illegal American citizens

Submitted by Anonymous on 23 July 2014 - 1:04pm.

First: The Pilgrim Fathers entered the country illegally and this was the first crime. Every American is an Illegal. In former times they came in search for a better life.
Second: Can You say, it's okay for us, descendants of the grand-grand-grandfathers of immigration, but not for You, stranger, in quest for happiness?
Third: Is there anything I did not understand in american history?

Are you kidding me? First:

Submitted by Anonymous on 17 October 2014 - 2:01am.

Are you kidding me? First: There were no established states or government with immigration laws to break at the time of the colonization of North America.
Second: Yes, it is a different time now.
Third: Probably a whole lot.

Pilgrims

Submitted by Anonymous on 27 July 2014 - 9:07pm.

My forefathers were American Indian! You cannot say that I am here illegally!
Over a period of time the United States had to create an immigration system.
The governor of my state Calif. went through the process and became governor!
Yes, I think there is something you did not understand in american history

Every American is illegal

Submitted by Anonymous on 26 July 2014 - 7:54pm.

I'm not so sure that's the case. What about Texans whose ancestors immigrated to Mexico, and were then annexed into the United States? I'm sure the same broad strokes could be used to color any Caucasian who identifies themselves as American, but I don't necessarily believe that rhetoric accomplishes much good.

If what you meant by your statement is that we should all seek to build upon common ground as brothers and sisters on this Earth, then I agree, 100%

This is an article, not a meme.

Submitted by Anonymous on 16 July 2014 - 12:21am.

First of all, this is an article, not a meme. If one is so concerned about statistics and reference accuracy, then one should do their own research. This article will continue to be here before you decide to write your accusations with out doing your own research.
Secondly, it is unfair that an employer take advantage of undocumented workers, the publisher acknowledged that, but the overall point is not to let every immigrant into America, run it down, and take it over. Rather, the point is that some, and it is still a fraction, do come in seeking a better life. That has always been the case in America. The fact that now America; due to many laws put in place by those who usually oppose immigration, is cheating itself by low-balling undocumented workers and not providing jobs for the average legal American, is beside the point. America now needs to get on the ball and realize those with money, those who own enterprises and industry must help by providing such employment. It is not only possible, but it's a crime that it isn't taking place. The money and work is there. It's too bad we are stuck always pointing our fingers at the ones who are more lowly.
Thirdly and lastly, it is not that anyone is saying anybody is against the support and cooperation of other neighboring countries to do better and be capable of helping their own citizens out, but we only recognize that if that were to take place, then this country would have to be the forerunner of such an accomplishment... and honey, we ain't there yet.

Thanks for teaching Tolerance

Submitted by Anonymous on 7 July 2014 - 11:17pm.

Loved reading this. Great teaching tool for educating people on the myths of immigration.

Open Border

Submitted by Anonymous on 6 July 2014 - 1:10pm.

Ask the students what would happen to their school, hospital, neighborhood, town and country if millions more undereducated and poor people continue to enter this country illegally? Ask them what government support their relatives expected when they arrived in America? The answer is they expected no government handout. Immigrants that came through Ellis Island were checked for illness and overall health. They also needed a sponsor. Ask your students if they think countries should be able to control their borders?

"Open Border"

Submitted by Anonymous on 18 July 2014 - 1:39pm.

There is no "open border" and illegal immigration if falling. (Try reading the article.) By September 2011, Barack Obama had exceeded the number of removals from the United States during the entire Bush Administration.

We have no national health care here - but they do in the South and Central America. The immigrant has LESS disease than we have here are they have higher levels of health care and immunization.

You are trying to interject positions that no one is taking. We have more border agents than ever. We have been deporting more people than ever. We have a second line of "border checkpoints" almost 100 miles AFTER the border. Perhaps you should visit an actual border and see for yourself -- it is not easy to come into this country and there is a great deal of mis-information out there.

We spend $59 billion a year in welfare to individuals and more than $100 billion in corporate welfare and you want to complain about giving someone food stamps? To immigrate into the US, you must have a sponsor (generally the family member, such as the spouse, bringing you into the country) who will testify that he or she has enough money to support you, if you are unable to support yourself, or if you lose your job. This agreement means that within the first 5 years of living in the US, you cannot take welfare. Your family member will be assessed a penalty if you demand it. Oh, and, btw, 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%). SMH

Re: Open Border

Submitted by Anonymous on 18 July 2014 - 1:20pm.

Did you not read the article? They do not get government handouts such as food stamps and welfare. They can get medical care but as you pointed out, earlier immigrants at Ellis island were given medical care too to make sure they were healthy and not bringing in disease.

Life isn't easy and this is

Submitted by Anonymous on 4 July 2014 - 4:10pm.

Life isn't easy and this is coming from someone who came to this country illegal there are plenty of jobs for everyone but only the most determined would get it. Hispanics are not taking anyone's job they do the jobs that have littlle pay or the jobs no one is looking for Hispanic people would take any job that is available that won't need them to show papers. Here's a question you should ask yourself why are they taking your jobs because they got to it before you and because they were more determined and dont mind of they are underpaid as long as there family has food on the table and away from danger. If you get a good education you will be qualified and no one will take you're job. Life is about survival . God loves everyone therefore we should love each other as a family i love everyone even the people who hurt me.

You are incorrect. Many

Submitted by Anonymous on 8 July 2014 - 3:09pm.

You are incorrect. Many employers are hiring illegals because they can pay them half as much ($15 an hour instead of $30) which is not a low paying wage and don't have to pay worker's comp, taxes, etc. I know this from first hand experience. Many people don't want to be paid under the table like what the employers are doing with the illegals. Being paid under the table screws up your Social Security benefits later in life. Illegals are making it "ok" for employers to take advantage of them. It's crazy that Democrats say they are against big business but at the same time are allowing those same business' to take advantage of the same illegals they are fighting for.

hmmmmm...so we blame the immigrants?

Submitted by Anonymous on 22 July 2014 - 1:28pm.

It makes no sense to blame the immigrants that come here and are paid half of what the average U.S. citizen is, paid under the table. There are sweatshops still operating in the U.S. as well, no U.S. citizen will work in them, so they hire immigrants. The corporations are the ones at fault. If they don't find a cheap source of employment here, they will go elsewhere, oh wait, they do already, to developing countries where they can pay employees even less. And both political parties have turned a blind eye to this behavior, its not one exclusively over the other. Our government has been this way always, it is not a new phenomena. People just look for scapegoats or "witches," when they want to blame the downturn of the economy on something or someone.

Minimum wage and the free market

Submitted by Anonymous on 10 July 2014 - 8:55pm.

My friend, that is how a free market works. If the immigrant is willing to work for less it's good for the employer and the employee. Why do you think it's fair to force someone to pay a higher salary just so an american can have a job. If you are angry because immigrants don't pay taxes then support guest worker programs. Maybe the issue is I believe everyone in the world should be free to work and hire as they please to make a living for themselves and their families. Maybe some people believe this is exclusively an american right.

How long did it take for my ancestors to learn english?

Submitted by Anonymous on 22 June 2014 - 3:41pm.

Every ancestor I have been able to trace back to time of arrival in what is now the US came well before the 1790's. Do you have the numbers on German Language newspapers in the early 1700's?

Statistics

Submitted by Anonymous on 28 May 2014 - 8:26am.

This article is high on belief and low on actual evidence. The "myth" meme is rampant in op ed pieces today. There are a few stats used but no citations for review. In the opening paragraph, we are told to ask more and guide to a source. Where are the sources?

Immigration and Immigrants: Setting the Record Straight

Submitted by Anonymous on 29 September 2014 - 4:06am.

This should make you feel better. After the report came out from an anti-immigration think tank showing the deficit created by immigration .... non-partisan research showed the exact opposite. "The Costs of Immigration" (Huddle 1993) uses estimation procedures that include a variety of errors. When these errors are corrected, the post-1970 immigrants in Huddle's study actually show a surplus of revenues over social service costs of at least $25 billion.

http://www.urban.org/publications/305184.html

Not myths?

Submitted by Anonymous on 3 July 2014 - 10:28am.

Do you have a source to dispute the myths claims?

Myths, everything online must be true..

Submitted by Anonymous on 3 October 2014 - 4:31pm.

Stop believing everything you read online, while some of it is certainly true a large majority is just conjecture. Dem or Repub doesn't matter they are not for you, they are for themselves, there is no we the people and hasn't been for a long time. Understand anyone can bring evidence to their side to prove a point. It happens daily in life. Have as open a mind as possible, take nothing for granted, and research everything on your own as well as what you read and experience from others to form better opinions. America isn't the home of the handout for the majority and if you are going to a country for whatever reason, respect their rules or stay home.

granting citizenship

Submitted by Anonymous on 12 November 2013 - 3:05pm.

We should allow open enrollmrnt to un documented workers. It would protect their legeal rights as workers, pay into the tax systems that benefit everyone and would save the money being spent to remove them. I think there is some big business behind the scenes fighting this because it is the last place there is to get cheap labor for their companies. Money speaks AND wins.

The True Heart and Soul of the United States of America

Submitted by Anonymous on 14 October 2013 - 5:43pm.

Immigration is the true heart and soul of the United States of America. Without immigration, the US would not only be the great exceptional nation it is today, the US would never have existed.

Some little-known facts pertaining to this include:
The White House was designed by an immigrant.
Hot dogs in US baseball parks were first introduced by an immigrant.
About 30% of all US Civil War veterans were immigrants.

Immigration continues to add value to the United States today as it has done so in the past. Many immigrants always have been very loyal to the United States, even if they maintain ties with their place of birth as well. Though I was born in the US, my parents were immigrants, and though they kept in touch with their birth countries, they always were proud US Americans first and foremost as I am.

Everyone who lives in the United States, whether he/she is an immigrant of today or is descended from the first immigrants in the early 1600s, always must remember that immigration always have and always will be the true heart and soul of the United States of America.

It's sad that a lot of people

Submitted by Anonymous on 30 November 2013 - 10:17pm.

It's sad that a lot of people have either forgotten or don't care that the US was founded by immigration. Sure the problem of illegal immigration has to be looked at. This has to be done by overhauling the system as a whole. Simply crying out that laws should be enforced isn't good enough. Some of those laws are even outdated.

INA

Submitted by Anonymous on 23 February 2014 - 12:42pm.

I've been here since 1955. It wan't easy getting in at that time. The laws were more difficult. However, since so much has changed and so many more people have entered the US I believe that we should overhaul the immigration laws while at the same time taking a careful look at the backgrounds of those who enter. So far we have allowed mobsters and terrorists in, to our detriment. Some good people are here illegally, here for more than 10 years, working, never getting into trouble, established good credit, etc. Yet they fear going to INA because they don't have legal papers. The bureaucracy stinks where these people are concerned, and for that some of the outdated laws should be updated and some changed.

best politically correct identity I learned today...

Submitted by Anonymous on 3 October 2013 - 9:20pm.

I learned the best identify for an individual coming into the US and its territories is unauthorized migrant.

I really feel its the truest description.

reply

Submitted by Anonymous on 26 August 2013 - 8:19am.

Yeah but our country wants to give illegals a path to citizenship and i been here legally since kindergarden and have been denied 2 times by 3 mexican imigration women officials,that just happen to have the say so on my case.I'm not a felon but they keep looking for resons to deny me.Where is the reform for the legal imigrants that been here all ther lifes?Why can't we automatically recieve our citizenship?why should we have to prove ourselfs to a nonpatriot with a personal vendeta against someone who speeks better english than them?where is the fairness?

Observer

Submitted by Anonymous on 19 April 2014 - 3:36am.

Fairness?? :)) It doesn't exist in this world...

question

Submitted by Anonymous on 18 April 2014 - 10:47am.

Is it possible for me to contact you as a resource for a speech I am giving on immigration?

Sourcing

Submitted by Anonymous on 12 August 2013 - 4:33pm.

I would love to use this information in my numerous debates with anti-immigration supporters, but you don't provide sources. Could you do so in the future? Thanks, Shane

EDUCATE---->REEVALUATE

Submitted by Anonymous on 28 June 2013 - 1:04pm.

The truth isn't easy, it isn't pretty, it definitely isn't kind or compassionate. A lot of the time you won't like it and every once in a while it may cause you to reevaluate your beliefs. But the great thing about it is.... IT WILL SET YOU FREE.

http://personalliberty.com/2009/02/11/how-much-do-illegal-immigrants-really-cost-the-united-states/

None

Submitted by Anonymous on 7 September 2013 - 7:03am.

Nice, way to post an article talking about the cost of Medicaid and food stamps for illegal aliens. How do you think they collect these benefits without social security numbers genius?

Government agencies are not

Submitted by Anonymous on 29 October 2013 - 9:21pm.

Government agencies are not allowed to 'blow the whistle' on undocumented immigrants, it is now considered cause for termination of employment. Food stamps and medicaid are accessible without a social security number as is free lunch programs in the schools. Schools are also not allowed to require social security numbers any longer.

Blowing the whistle.

Submitted by Anonymous on 25 July 2014 - 4:05pm.

Only part of your statement is true. They can get food stamps for their U.S. born children as well as medicaid and free lunch in the school. But not any of those benefits for themselves. Try and not be biased next time you post. As a matter of fact, here's a little list of social benefits they can't apply for: Welfare, Unemployment, Housing, Medicaid, Disability, Etc etc...

Thank you for giving

Submitted by Anonymous on 11 June 2013 - 5:15pm.

Thank you for giving information and advise on helping students understand how we understand and respect immigrants who have come to the US. One part that I found slightly in error was that immigrants may receive welfare and food stamps. However, you are correct in that they do contribute quite a deal to the economy and paying taxes via sales and even income. See http://www.cis.org/immigrant-welfare-use-2011

Though it is true illegal

Submitted by Anonymous on 10 October 2013 - 12:24am.

Though it is true illegal immigrants benefit from food stamps, they cannot get it for themselves. They have access to those services only through their children, if they are american citizens. That is the key, you must be a citizen to use those services.

The writer was referring to

Submitted by Anonymous on 17 June 2013 - 9:31pm.

The writer was referring to illegal immigrants, who are not eligible for welfare or food stamps.

Mishmosh

Submitted by Anonymous on 1 June 2013 - 1:29pm.

I believe immigrants are the fabric of our society. Hell, this country was founded by immigrants. History teaches us even the Native Americans aren't actually natives. They migrated here as well. My own family immigrated here from the Netherlands, and went on to farm the land and provide food and crops to the community. They came legally, but still.

As far as illegal immigrants, I don't know too much since I have just started a thorough research, but I feel they are a necessary piece of our society as well. I live in Texas, and Mexican immigrants, illegal or otherwise, take the jobs no one else wants to do. I love having streets to drive on, buildings with air conditioning, and lettuce to buy in the grocery store, and I respect the people, again illegal or otherwise, who work in the hot sun all day to harvest the food I am going to eat, or to pave the street I am going to drive on. People say they take our jobs, but how many natural-born Americans will actually work most of the jobs the immigrants hold? I know sweating my ass off in the sun is my last choice. I know many natural Americans, and white at that, who are lazy and take great advantage of the system. The system will always be abused by someone. Quit getting jealous that it isn't you.

Affecting the fabric of our society or culture? How so? This is the United States. UNITED STATES. Even in our name there is a big white flag of diversity. We are a country which unites with our fellow man, not our fellow American, but our fellow man. We are a country of many cultures. Most Americans I know eat Pizza from a small Italian man, or eat German-made sausage. You like homemade burritos?

I also do not believe illegal immigrants are placing any more strain on our system. I've seen people throwing around IRS numbers and such, but how big of a piece of pie is that really? If they weren't spending it on that, it would be misappropriated somewhere else. It would he given to the 'War on Drugs,' or somesuch other ridiculous fabrication. Our taxes are wasted daily, and the money used on immigrants is just a piece. Look at the money used on drones to bomb. If they really had an impact on our system to an extent which deserves condemnation and hate, then I think more people other than the ones with a direct interest or tie to this issue would be taking notice.

Indigenous People

Submitted by Anonymous on 10 June 2014 - 2:26pm.

Yes there are peoples indigenous to this land. Yes , Humans have always been nomadic in searching for food, following weather, even dislocated by our Earths combustive nature. Law came here with he English folk, whom brought many people from Europe whom had specific skills for enabling a possible foot hold here. To say in Generalizations that "Even the native Americans were not "Native", rings truth. although to even call an Indigenous people, "Native American", is for a misconception on its own merit. The word Native alone was term used quite literally meaning "Wild", and in the early years used along with "Savages". Thank You Mishmosh for allowing this more in-depth understanding to be revealed.

First Nation

Submitted by Anonymous on 22 July 2013 - 12:40am.

I often hear justification of the invasions of our lands because we too immigrated. One, those of us who do admit coming from somewhere else, in our case Europe. We came to a land with no inhabitants. This was no invasion. We didn't invade anyones property. We did not walk into your house and say, "It's our house; you must pack up and leave." Or worse yet kill you and your family so they can own your house. Have you ever heard about the small pox laden blankets given to my people. Is that okay with you?

Another point is that we, by law, must follow rules dictated by the Christian Bible, even though Science has proven a particular belief as wrong, such as teaching Evolution. Wouldn't this also apply to some Native's beliefs. The Navaho, for instance, believe man originated here and spread everywhere else.

I commend you on your perspective on Mexicans. Just to remind everyone else, tha Mexicans have also been here thousands of years. That the Immigration law is based upon racial discrimination against another dark skinned race by a few Southern Red States.

I Agree

Submitted by Anonymous on 19 November 2013 - 4:29pm.

I Agree with you. And also I respect sooo much your culture!! Native American culture is amazing and based on true and beauty of Mother Nature.
Thank you for supporting this cause.

Read it before you reply!

Submitted by Anonymous on 17 September 2013 - 10:31am.

To everyone who has replied to this post or is thinking about it, if you read it, it is clear that the poster is Native American. Please read carefully before you reply.

Learn your History

Submitted by Anonymous on 14 September 2013 - 7:54am.

One, when the first settlers arrived this land was saturated in people. There were tribes in every "state". It was the Europeans who slaughtered these people and set up boundaries to mark their claim of ownership. We stole this land, by military force; what is that if not an invasion? You can claim we didn't invade anyone's "property", and from a disturbed perspective you'd be right, but only because the people we invaded don't recognize "land Ownership". They believe the land belongs to everyone. We didn't walk into their house and ask them to leave, we burned them down and killed them as they fled from their homes. Religion is never a good argument, for mythology does not belong in a serious debate.

Serious debate?

Submitted by Anonymous on 22 June 2014 - 3:52pm.

Wow, way to comment without reading the entire post.