Common Immigration Myths in America

Not everything you hear about moving to America is true. Some people get more than they expect while others might be surprised that situations are not always as good as they imagined. Even the information that people read on the internet or hear from Americans is not as accurate compared to actually living in the United States. Here are the common myths.

1. Migrating to America is so difficult which is why most people enter illegally. 

Although America remains as one of the top countries where people intend to enter and reside in illegally, majority of immigrants actually go through the lawful process. There are over 31 million immigrants in the United States with over 65% being legal residents or citizens. Even half of the ones who are currently considered illegal entered the country through lawful means but allowed their documents to expire.

2. Immigrants refuse to learn English. 

Even though majority of immigrants speak their main language at home, two-thirds of individuals older than five years old speak English excellently. Thousands are also requesting for special lessons or courses to enhance their skills in English. Regardless of the place of origin, immigrants make it a point to master English.

3. Immigrants do not like to become “Americanized”. 

About half a million immigrants are granted citizenship status each year in the United States. The speed of assimilation is much faster in current times compared to how immigrants adjusted two generations ago. Mass media, education, the internet and job requirements are just some of the factors that encourage people to adjust faster to the environment. Becoming Americanized does not intimidate most immigrants considering how many maintain traditional beliefs and practices.

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4. The United States is stricter in admitting immigrants because of the huge influx. 

The biggest migration to the United States actually occurred in 1900 when foreign-born individuals comprised almost 20% of the total population. Today, about 12% is foreign-born. The recession also showed a decline in the total number of immigrants plus the government deported thousands of foreign-born parents since only their children have the right to stay in the country, being born in America and automatically becoming a US citizen.

5. Immigrants only take meager jobs since the best ones are reserved for Americans. 

There are thousands of foreign-born individuals who have become icons in their chosen industry. Many corporations actually hire individuals overseas after discovering their talent, experience and educational background. Many of these immigrants are given special statuses or key positions since companies find them more qualified than local applicants.

Knowing about these myths will help remove the fear and apprehension that potential migrates have when planning to move to the United States.

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