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Myth: They’re Flooding Into The Country Like Never Before

Quick, spend billions on completely sealing the 1,954-mile border the U.S. shares with Mexico, then man this wall with armed troops, military vehicles and killer drones. This will surely deter the immigrants and refugees, not to mention all the businesses, tourists and families that depend on border access. GOP leaders make it sound like we’re … Continue reading

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Myth: If They Enter The Country Illegally, By Definition, They Are All Criminals

As the second GOP primary debate is distilled into a highlight reel, “illegal immigrant” terminology continues to be a defining topic in the overall issue of immigration. How the issue is framed sets the stage for whether the discussion is civil and constructive or full of bombastic fear-mongering.  To date the Republican primary season has … Continue reading

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Myth: Undocumented Americans Don’t Bother To Speak American

No less a linguistic authority than Sarah Palin recently pointed out that immigrants should speak American. The Americas include not just North America, but Central and South America as well. How does one choose which language truly represents the Americas: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French or some  indigenous language? If “American” is not a language, but … Continue reading

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Myth: Immigrants’ Anchor Babies Keep Undocumented Families In the States

The current rant about anchor babies from the GOP primary campaign is loud, contentious and totally factless, but probably believed by a great many Americans — believed because it is being constantly repeated without sufficient effort by the media to set the record straight. To address the issue of anchor babies, many GOP candidates are … Continue reading

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Debunking Immigration Myths Starts With Us

The challenge in debunking all the myths about immigrants is that they have become the accepted national response to a complex issue involving 11 million real people that can’t be addressed in sound bites. Instead of a thoughtful debate, we get chest-pounding and fear-mongering. As America’s Undocumented, we are subjected to stereotypical character-bashing that wouldn’t … Continue reading

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U.S. To Potential Immigrants: “Give Us Your Rich Investors, Your Tech-savvy And Your Well-Connected”

While the so-called line for aspiring immigrants stretches 4.4 million people long and the wait, depending on visa type and country of origin, can take decades, there seems to be a legal way around waiting one’s turn. The welcome etched on the Statue of Liberty has steadily undergone a rewrite. Why should the U.S. open … Continue reading