Don’t scapegoat immigrants

Misconstruction of the facts about immigration has been use for political gain. For example, Issues of immigration and border security. We need to know that most of undocumented Latinos cross the border illegally is a myth. We can find the facts by consulting the statistic publish by the Department of Homeland Security. The truth is 75 percent immigrants are here legally and those now undocumented entered the country legally and then let their visas expire. Undocumented immigrants constitute less than 2 percent of the population. The characterization of undocumented immigrants specially the Mexican immigrants as criminals are statements not supported by facts. Accordingly, with the data collected by 2010 census and the American Communities Survey done by the American Immigration Council, immigrants are significantly less likely than native born Americans to commit a crime. The study shows that 1.6 percent of immigrant males age 18-39 are incarcerated compared to 3.3 percent of the native born. Another misleading statement is thatUndocumented immigrants do not pay taxes and undocumented Latinos over-utilize public benefits. The fact are that undocumented immigrants are not eligible for public benefits but pay between $90 and $140 billion in federal, state, and local taxes each year. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization where everybody including candidates have access to the accurate and straightforward information about taxation in United State.

Alejandro Urrutia


The author is chairman of the Board of
Directors of New Hampshire Citizens Alliance