In recent discussions about immigration there have been lots claims made about immigrants that just aren’t true. I know that facts alone are usually not enough to change minds, but I do think it’s important to get the facts right. This is especially true for Christians, since scripture places such a high value on truth. Following is a list of some of the most popular immigration myths I’ve seen spread around along with the true facts and at least one supporting source for each.
MYTH: Undocumented immigrants present a greater crime risk.
FACTS: Immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, commit crimes at rates equal to or lower than native born citizens.
MYTH: Immigrants cost our country more than they produce.
FACTS: Immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, contribute more to our economy than they consume.
MYTH: Immigrants bring disease.
FACTS: Immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, do not actually pose any significant health risk to native populations.
MYTH: We need a wall to prevent human trafficking.
FACTS: “The vast majority of victims who cross a border and are then trafficked in the United States arrive here through ports of entry and other legal means.”
MYTH: We need a wall to prevent drug trafficking.
FACTS: “The vast majority of narcotics enters through U.S. ports of entry.”