Throughout reading into the problem of immigration it has surprised me as to how the facts are often only brought up to support one side of the case.
For instance, the Heritage foundation cites
- Immigrant unemployment rates are lower than the national average in the U.S.;
- Studies show that a 10 percent share increase of immigrant labor results in roughly a 1 percent reduction in native wages-a very minor effect;
- Most immigrant families have a positive net fiscal impact on the U.S., adding $88,000 more in tax revenues than they consume in services; and
- Social Security payroll taxes paid by improperly identified (undocumented) workers have led to a $463 billion funding surplus.
Of course, one would never see these facts if they were reading a different website, with “facts” written by a different author. For example, a quick online search into the problems of immigration not only turned up the facts above saying how immigrants are contributing to Americas economy but also various other websites denying such facts.
A great example comes from www.Endillegalimmigration.com which, as you may have guessed, isn’t exactly pro-immigration.
On this websites the “facts” as to why illegal immigration is ruining this great country of ours include, but are not limited to:
Attacks on Border Patrol and Law Enforcement agents
Deterioration of Common American Culture
Gangs, Graffiti, Drugs, Cartels, Smugglers, and Violence
Not Speaking English, loss of common language, Press 1 for English
Overcrowded Schools and Negative Impact on American Education
Overcrowded single family homes
These “negative impacts” of illegal immigration are quite contrary to what we saw in the heritage link above. The two are distinct in the sense that they are polar opposites of each other.
Following my recent post concerning the biased media in America, problems with illegal immigration are only “problems” when they aren’t supported with sufficient evidence. This causes problems as the population is receiving misinterpreted facts about the real cause of immigration problems in modern day society.
Of course the internet as well as the mainstream media is rife with inaccuracies concerning such “problems” as illegal immigration or the war on drugs in this country that it really takes an informed citizen to find out the facts for themselves. If we keep watching our favorite partisan talking heads on television telling us the “facts” instead of researching on our own we might be stuck in an era of pure misconception where the real problem is not what’s going on in the world but rather our uninformed opinions on such events.