In this blog post I'm going to make my case for why most undocumented migrants from South of the Border deserve to stay, particularly those who have been here for years. I will do that by presenting myths and then countering those myths with facts.
Are Undocumented Immigrants Stealing Our Jobs?
In a word, no, at least not the ones most Americans want. The majority of undocumented immigrants from south of the border (Mexico and Central America) are here because they were recruited by U.S. companies in the agricultural, meatpacking/processing and construction sectors (Tyson Foods, IBP slaughterhouses, etc.) to do work that US Americans won’t do.
In advance of the Trump administration’s roll-out of their immigration framework, and a few days after the bipartisan Graham-Durbin immigration bill was introduced, President Trump tweeted several times about the dangers of our southern border.
Dr. Michelle Martin is a social worker, policy specialist and Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Social Work, where she teaches social welfare policy, and researches dynamics related to immigrants, political asylum-seekers, refugees and other displaced populations.