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Advocates do more than volunteer they actively leverage their network and connections and speak-out, support, champion, promote, campaign and educate.

Immigrants are a vital part of our economy and Charlotte is an immigrant destination. Refugees and immigrants face unique education and socio-emotional challenges. ourBRIDGE for KIDS enables refugee and immigrant kids with impactful skills and capabilities. We need your help to increase understanding and increase the support for the cause and our organization.

Our goals are to increase the number of our active advocates, increase advocate understanding, knowledge and engagement and to generate new leads and sources for funding and support.

Please educate yourself and help others to understand some of the common myths, and the real facts below.

 

Myth #1

Every job filled by an immigrant is a job that could be filled by an unemployed American.

Reality #1

Immigrants typically do not compete for jobs with native-born workers and immigrants create jobs as entrepreneurs, consumers, and taxpayers.

Myth #2

Immigrants drive down the wages of American workers.

Reality #2

Immigrants give a slight boost to the average wages of Americans by increasing their productivity and stimulating investment.

Myth #3

The sluggish U.S. economy doesn’t need more immigrant workers.

Reality #3

Immigrants will replenish the U.S. labor force as millions of Baby Boomers retire.

Myth #4

At a time of high unemployment, the U.S. economy does not need temporary foreign workers.

Reality #4

Temporary workers from abroad fill specialized needs in specific sectors of the U.S. economy.

Myth #5

There is no shortfall of native-born Americans for open positions in the natural sciences, engineering, and computer science and thus no need for foreign-born high-tech workers.

Reality #5

Job openings are expanding at educational levels where demographic data show too few native-born students, so we can expect these shortfalls to persist in the future. Moreover, relative to other economic indicators, wages are increasing in STEM jobs requiring higher education.

Myth #6

Immigrants hurt communities that are struggling economically.

Reality #6

Immigrants have economically revitalized many communities throughout the country.

Myth #7

Undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes.

Reality #7

Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in taxes each year.

Myth #8

Immigrants come to the United States for welfare benefits.

Reality #8

Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefit programs, and even legal immigrants face stringent eligibility restrictions.

Myth #9

Today’s immigrants are not assimilating into U.S. society.

Reality #9

Today’s immigrants are buying homes, becoming U.S. citizens, and learning English.

Myth #10

Immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

Reality #10

Immigration does not cause crime rates to rise, and immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than native-born Americans.

Myth #11

Reforming the legal immigration system will not help secure the border.

Reality #11

Immigration reform is an integral part of any effective border security strategy.

Want to learn more about myths vs. reality?

More immigration myth facts