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    Myths

    LIE: Legalizing undocumented immigrants would hurt the economy

    TRUTH: Immigration helps the economy grow

    LIE: The immigration system can be fixed by simply deporting undocumented immigrants

    TRUTH: Deporting all undocumented immigrants would hurt the economy and break up families

    LIE: Undocumented immigrants take jobs away from Americans

    TRUTH: Immigrants and native-born Americans generally don’t compete for the same jobs

    LIE: Legalizing undocumented immigrants increases the “welfare state”

    TRUTH: Immigrants can’t receive support from major federal benefits programs for five years

    LIE: Harry Reid killed an immigration reform compromise in 2006 because Bill Richardson told him to

    TRUTH: Harry Reid voted to advance a compromise immigration reform bill in 2006

    LIE: Barack Obama was responsible for killing immigration reform in 2007

    TRUTH: Obama voted for immigration reform in 2007 as a senator