Immigration Myths and Facts

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 2:30pm
Immigration Myths and the Facts 
April 14, 2016
Dear Reader,
Despite the numerous studies and carefully detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, there is a great deal of misinformation about the impact of immigration. Policymakers and the public need to be educated about the facts.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits Division last prepared this report in October 2013 to refute many of the most common myths about immigrants coming to our country. This update to our 2013 report examines prevalent myths that have emerged during the current immigration reform debate. We summarize the facts on the relationship of immigrants to jobs, wages, taxes, entrepreneurship, population, crime, integration, welfare, and border security.
Our compilation shows that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating new jobs and complementing the skills of the U.S. native workforce, with a net positive impact on wage rates overall.
Recognizing that legislative solutions are difficult, the U.S. Chamber is also working to promote regulatory and policy reforms at the relevant federal executive agencies to improve the operability of our employment-based immigration system. We hope that these administrative reforms, along with much needed legislation that overhauls our outdated immigration system, will lead to concrete improvements so that our country can reap the full benefits of immigration. 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will continue to champion common-sense immigration reforms, and we urge you to join us in our efforts.