Myths About Immigration
There are many translators that work directly or indirectly with immigrants so I thought it would be interesting to write a series of posts on myths relating to immigration, especially immigration coming across the Mexican/ U.S. Border.
Myth 4, 5, & 6
Immigrants don’t pay taxes.
They don’t pay into Social Security
Immigrants, documented and undocumented pay taxes every day. They buy clothes, appliances, and gas amongst other things which include taxes. They buy property and rent which helps fund schools. Most immigrants hold down a job which means they pay income tax and social security. They are an integral part of our lives. Removing millions of illegals from the economy would also remove entrepreneurs, consumers and more importantly taxpayers. The economy would actually lose jobs.
Immigrants come here to take welfare.
Every day, immigrants, legal and illegal, pay into the welfare system. However, they rarely use any welfare benefits. Welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits require proof of a legal immigration status under the 1996 welfare law. Even if immigrants entered the U.S. legally they have to be in the U.S. for at least, 5 years before they qualify for any welfare benefits. Immigrants pay into the system more than what they receive. They can receive schooling and emergency medical care, but many times illegal immigrants are too afraid to use any health care for fear of getting caught and deported. Providing these benefits to immigrants is a means of investing in the United States’ future.