To The Daily Sun,
I wish we could put to rest once and for all the myths the immigrant bashers spread. Don Ewing tries mightily to mislead us about illegal immigrants and their supposed ability to collect or receive welfare benefits and a supposed increase in crime rates as a result of illegal immigration.
Maybe if he opened the hatch and looked outside his bunker he would find some facts and information. For example, the following is an excerpt from the webpage: Teaching Tolerance — A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"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 U.S. Social Security Administration estimated that in 2013 undocumented immigrants — and their employers — paid $13 billion in payroll taxes alone for benefits they will never get. They can receive schooling and emergency medical care, but not welfare or food stamps."
"Undocumented immigrants bring crime. Ask students where they heard this. Nationally, from 1990 to 2010, the violent crime rate declined almost 45 percent and the property crime rate fell 42 percent, even as the number of undocumented immigrants more than tripled. According to the conservative Americas Majority Foundation, crime rates from 1999 to 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."
The following is excerpted from a recent piece published by Robert Reich (Professor of Economics-UC Berkeley, CA)
1. MYTH: The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is soaring. FACT: The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has declined from 12.2 million in 2007 to 11.3 million now, according to Pew Research Center. Which means the net rate of illegal immigration into the U.S. is less than zero.
2. MYTH: Most new immigrants are from Mexico. FACT: More people now immigrate into the U.S. from China and India than from Mexico, according to the Bureau of Immigration. The Latin American immigration boom is ending, and the Asian immigration boom is just beginning.
3. MYTH: The U.S. can't afford more immigrants. FACT: We can't afford not to have more immigrants because the U.S. population is aging. Twenty-five years ago, each retiree in America was matched by five workers. Now for each retiree there are only three workers. Without more immigration, in 15 years the ratio will fall to two workers for every retiree, not nearly enough to sustain our retiree population.
Demagogues grow on lies. Spread the truth.
One has to ask: what will it take Mr. Ewing to stop spreading his misleading lies? Or am I looking for the impossible and should also hope that pigs will fly?
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