One of the most misunderstood topics of contention faced by modern society is immigration. Here are four myths surrounding immigration that San Diego immigration lawyers hope to dispel.
1. Immigrants Deplete Social Services
This myth, which has been debunked multiple times in the United States, tends to stoke the fire of political division. Sociocultural studies into the lives of undocumented immigrants show that their perception of living under the radar is to pay taxes and never ask for welfare. These families believe that this behavior will keep the police and immigration officials away. A landmark 1997 study by the National Academy of Sciences determined that an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. can easily pay $80K in taxes over his or her lifetime. In return, they do not get social security pensions or Medicare when they are no longer able to work.
2. Immigrants Refuse to Learn English
Many immigrant families choose to speak their native language at home and in their communities. However, this does not mean that they never learn English. A 2008 survey by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that 67 percent of immigrants working in the U.S. speak English outside of their homes.
3. Immigrants Do Not Wish to Become Citizens
A little over half of all foreigners who become eligible for naturalization in the U.S. will follow the path to citizenship. Studies by the Pew Hispanic Center also suggest that there have been spikes in naturalization after 2003, a trend that corresponds to greater numbers of immigrants serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in a time of war. Granted, the rate naturalization could likely be higher if not for the bureaucratic immigration process.
4. Immigrants Debilitate the Economy
This old wives’ tale has been debunked so many times that it deserves to be put to rest. According to 2013 figures released by the White House, immigration actually added 0.2 percent to the gross domestic product, which represents more than $30 billion. This does not include the economy of the immigration industrial complex, which keeps thousands of Americans gainfully employed in government positions.
If you are someone you know needs help immigrating, reach out to Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law by calling (858) 874-0711. We offer free immigration consultations San Diego residents can trust and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Reach out today. We are here to help.