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Contents A Note on Terminology Introduction Part One: Immigrants and the Economy Myth 1. Immigrants take American jobs Myth 2. Immigrants compete with low-skilled workers and drive down wages Myth 3. Unions oppose immigration because it harms the working class Myth 4. Immigrants don¿t pay taxes Myth 5. Immigrants are a drain on the economy Myth 6. Immigrants send most of what they earn back to their home country in the form of remittances Part Two: Immigrants and the Law Myth 7. The rules apply to everyone, so new immigrants need to follow them just like immigrants in the past did Myth 8. The country is being overrun by illegal immigrants Myth 9. The United States has a generous refugee policy Part Three: Immigration and Race Myth 10. The United States is a melting pot that has always welcomed immigrants from all over the world Myth 11. Since we are all the descendants of immigrants here, we all start on equal footing Myth 12. Today¿s immigrants threaten the national culture because they are not assimilating Myth 13. Today¿s immigrants are not learning English, and bilingual education just adds to the problem Part Four: How Have U.S. Policies Created Immigration? Myth 14. Immigrants only come here because they want to enjoy our higher standard of living Case Study: The Philippines Part Five: The Debate at the Turn of the Millennium Myth 15. The American public opposes immigration, and the debate in Congress reflects that Myth 16. The overwhelming victory of Proposition 187 in California shows that the public opposes immigration Myth 17. Immigration is a problem Myth 18. Countries need to control who goes in and out Myth 19. We need to protect our borders to prevent criminals and terrorists from entering the country Myth 20. If people break our laws by immigrating illegally, they are criminals and should be deported Myth 21. The problems this book raises are so huge that there¿s nothing we can do about them Epilogue Timeline Acknowledgments Notes
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Public opinion.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
Immigrants -- United States -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- United States.