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Those Damned ImmigrantsAmerica's Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration$
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Ediberto Román and Michael A. Olivas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776575

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776575.001.0001

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Empirical Data on Immigration

Empirical Data on Immigration

(p.43) 3 Empirical Data on Immigration
Those Damned Immigrants

Ediberto Román

Michael A. Olivas

NYU Press

This chapter presents empirical data to address the range of allegations against undocumented immigrants; for example, they drain the national economy. The data come from various sources, including the federal government, conservative think tanks, and leading immigrant rights advocacy groups. These studies document the effects of recent immigration and refute the claims of the xenophobes like “Mexican immigration is an invasion of the United States” or that undocumented immigration is causing a crime wave across the country. Based on the evidence, it argues that the rhetoric against illegal immigrants is not only unsupported by the facts, but also contrary to logic.

Keywords:   empirical data, undocumented immigrants, national economy, think tanks, advocacy groups, undocumented immigration, illegal immigrants

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