Myths And Facts About Immigration Essay

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MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND IMMIGRATION Myth #1: Immigrants are overrunning our country, and most are here illegally. The Facts: It is true that there are more immigrants living in the U.S. than ever before. However, the percentage of immigrants in the overall population is not much different than during other large waves. Today immigrants make up about 12% of the total U.S. population. From 1900 to 1930, immigrants made up between 12% and 15% of the population, and similar spikes occurred in the 1850s and 1880s. The U.S. successfully absorbed immigrants during those periods, and there is no reason to believe that we are being overrun today. Of the 36 million immigrants in the U.S. today, two thirds (24 million) are here legally, and half of those with legal status (12 million) are U.S. citizens. There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Half (6 million) of these people entered the country legally as tourists, students…show more content…
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