Myth 1

Immigrants are a drain on the U.S. Economy and take American Jobs.

Fact

When cities like Cincinnati welcome immigrants, their economies enjoy powerful benefits.

Foreign born populations generate billions in purchasing power and taxes, which drive local economies and increase contributions to our infrastructure and social programs.

Immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as citizens born in the U.S.

In 2014, Ohio’s immigrant entrepreneurs generated nearly $532 million in business income.

Immigrants often fill labor-intensive jobs that American citizens choose not to do.

Myth 2

Immigrants use public services without paying taxes.

Fact

On average immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits.

Immigrants collectively pay between $90 and $140 billion each year in taxes.

Undocumented immigrants alone pay more than $11.8 billion in taxes per year.

In Cincinnati, our foreign-born residents have added at least $300 million to Social Security and Medicare.

Even our region’s undocumented population contribute at least $84 million in taxes annually. If grant some form of legal status, this contribution would grow by another $25 million dollars every year.

Undocumented immigrants generally are not eligible for any federal public benefits.

Myth 3

Immigrants bring crime and violence to our cities and towns.

Fact

Most undocumented immigrants want nothing more than to play by the rules and legalize their status but they have no options.

The simple fact is that under our outdated immigration laws, most of them have no legal way to enter or remain in the United States, even if they are fleeing for their lives.

The journey to the U.S. can be a long an arduous one. Individuals are vulnerable to crimes and many women and girls are raped along the way. It is not an easy decision to make the trip.

Most immigrants would want to stay in their countries if they could have a safe and stable life there.Immigrants in every eethnic group in the United States have lower rates of crime and imprisonment than do the native-born.

Myth 4

Immigrants bring crime and violence to our cities and towns.

Fact

Most undocumented immigrants want nothing more than to play by the rules and legalize their status but they have no options.

The simple fact is that under our outdated immigration laws, most of them have no legal way to enter or remain in the United States, even if they are fleeing for their lives.

The journey to the U.S. can be a long an arduous one. Individuals are vulnerable to crimes and many women and girls are raped along the way. It is not an easy decision to make the trip.

Most immigrants would want to stay in their countries if they could have a safe and stable life there.Immigrants in every eethnic group in the United States have lower rates of crime and imprisonment than do the native-born.

Myth 5

Banning immigrants and refugees from majority Muslim countries will protect the US from terrorists.

Fact

The annual chance of being murdered by somebody other than a foreign-born terrorist in 252.9 times greater than the chance of dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreign-born terrorist.

Myth 6

Refugees are not screened before entering the United States.

Fact

Refugees undergo more rigorous screenings than any other individuals the government allows in the United States.

Refugees go through multiple background checks, interviews, and health screenings.

The average length of time it takes for the United Nations and the United States government to approve refugee status is 18 to 24 months.

Myth 7

We can stop undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S. by building a wall.

Fact

Under both international and U.S. law individuals have a right to ask for asylum at our borders.

Fact

As long as there is poverty and suffering in other parts of the world, people will continue to come to the U.S. to seek a better life.

THE U.S. PRIDES ITSELF ON BEING A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS AND ON THE VALUE OF FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY. IT IS POSSIBLE AND IMPERATIVE TO CREATE A PROCESS FOR ADDRESSING IMMIGRATION THAT TREATS IMMIGRANTS WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT INSTEAD OF AS CRIMINALS.

Sources: ADL, CATO Institute, Center for Migration Studies, Cincinnati Compass, Berkshire Family Immigration Center.