5 Myths About Immigration
Immigrants Ruined Their Country Now They Are Coming Here
This is a common misconception by those unaware enough to not understand how much of the trouble in other countries begins. A great deal of immigration, especially mass immigration occurs because of wars, conflict and other injustices that threaten the lives of the civilisation, thus people choose to leave their homes behind and escape with their lives. This isn’t something they do frivolously, with their family’s survival at stake people flee across borders in hope of a better life. War, Dictatorships and being overrun by deadly Cartels are not thigs that everyday folk have a say in, thus the decision to live in another country is not a result of leaving a mess they made behind but instead escaping exploitation and death with few other options.
Immigrants Take Our Jobs
Time after time this unsupported idea rears its head. Hilariously satire in several episodes of the animated Comedy South Park, anyone who still harbours these ideas may well be as backward as the people they depict in the show. Jobs are available in cities frequently, those who can’t get them may have other reasons (such as their molten racism) that are getting in the way of their employment. Immigrants still make up a small enough percentage of the population that their numbers simply couldn’t steal all these magical jobs away even if they wanted to.
Immigrants Don’t Pay Taxes
This is another unfounded myth that lies at the surface of anyone quick to spout off about those from elsewhere. Paying taxes is something that shows you contribute to the society you live in and therefore is seen as a compulsory fee you must cough up if you plan to be a part of the community. Well you will be glad to know that immigrants do pay taxes, a lot of them. Even those who are undocumented in the US have been reported to paying over 11 Billion dollars in taxes, meaning they are just as entitled to the same facilities as anyone else.
Immigrants Came Here Illegally
Not everyone who crosses the borders of a country did it by shadowy means. Many immigrants who are undocumented are a result of their visas expiring, as in they were perfectly law abiding when they arrived, they just have ran out the clock on the expiry. The same thing happens for people seeking asylum, these agreements all have time constraints, all of which don’t take into account the practicalities of settling down to make a new life. In the same way drivers with expired licences are still very capable of driving, these people are living their lives hanging on paperwork but are in no way unsuitable as citizens of the country.
A Wall Will Keep Them Out
This idea has obviously picked up steam thanks the crystal clear xenophobia of President Donald Trump and his obsession of walling off Mexico. The truth is a wall isn’t going to help. History shows it doesn’t help, and as you can imagine the many roads that cross borders and the invention of the aeroplane also kind of put a pin in that balloon. Ironically making it harder for people to move back and forth means that more immigrants will choose to stay in your country instead of their own, so if you really want people to go back from where they came from, make it easy for them.