Riverside County is a largely diverse area that has opened its arms to immigrants of many different nationalities. You may have heard negative statements about immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented. Sadly, there has been a great deal of prejudice against those who come to our country to find a better life. The following are some of the most common myths on immigration that are being perpetuated, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as the explanations that show how these statements are false.
Immigrants cause more crime in an area. In truth, crime rates have been decreasing in recent years among undocumented immigrants.
Foreigners refuse to learn English after coming to our country. Most of those who relocate to America, actually, understand that learning English is a necessity in order to get a decent job and communicate with their neighbors. Most immigrants begin learning English soon after arriving in the country.
Immigrants take jobs from native-born Americans. Actually, newcomers tend to have different career skills, which complement and contribute to the workforce as a whole.
Undocumented immigrants live on welfare and do not pay taxes. In reality, immigrants are required to pay taxes from their employment like everyone else. They pay sales tax when making purchases and contribute to property taxes from their housing. Most are also not able to take advantage of welfare assistance after living in the country for at least five years and becoming legal permanent residents.
Immigrants are all illegal. In truth, only about a third of all migrants to the U.S. have undocumented status, with one third having gained legal status to live in America, and a third being naturalized U.S. citizens.
You may find that people who understand the facts, rather than listen to rumors and myths, have more compassion toward their neighbors, including newcomers to the country.