‘…who can stand on their own two feet.’ 4 Myths about how immigrants affect the economy


Even if it were true that immigrants were a burden on American society, Cuccinelli’s rewrite of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” would be obscene. As it is, the rhetoric supporting the xenophobia of the Trump administration is false in every respect. There is plenty of research to back this up and no legitimate rebuttal.

It may be true, as Churchill remarked, that a lie makes its way around the world before the truth can get its pants on, but the truth will prevail nonetheless. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.

PBS Newshour: 4 myths about how immigrants affect the U.S. economy

Myth #1: Immigrants take more from the U.S. government than they contribute

Fact: Immigrants contribute more in tax revenue than they take in government benefits

Myth #2: Immigrants take American jobs

Fact: Immigrants workers often take jobs that boost other parts of the economy

If you think an immigrant took your job there are apparently a number of openings in chicken factories in Mississippi. Or perhaps you would prefer picking produce in California’s Central Valley.

Myth #3: The U.S. economy does not need immigrants

Fact: Immigrants are key to offsetting a falling birth rate

Myth #4: It would be better for the economy if immigrants’ children were not citizens

Fact: Children with citizenship are more productive workers