The flood of illegal immigrants has and continues to cause substantial economic, social and physical harms to legal citizens. Numerous polls indicate that a majority of Americans, including Mexican-Americans, want the government to prevent the tidal wave of illegal aliens cascading over the border.The second ‘myth’ is that Americans jobs are taken by immigrants. He claims, “there is virtually no evidence to support this view, probably the most wide-spread misunderstanding about immigrants” (Cole, 1994). In his article, Cole reminds the reader that when the European immigrants came to America, the industrial revolution was beginning. Those immigrants filled the new industrial jobs in the cities which served an economical need in America. The immigrants had jobs and could build their new life and America benefited because this endless source of labor streaming into Ellis Island made it the most industrialized and economically successful country in the world. The industrial revolution has been over for many decades and many American jobs are being sent overseas. Jobs are not as plentiful but the numbers of immigrants certainly are. The result is a loss in jobs requiring an understanding of only basic math to comprehend.The third ‘myth,’ “immigrants are a drain on society’s resources” may be the most blatantly misleading of Cole’s arguments. Traditionally, immigrants to the U. were less likely than those born in America to collect welfare. This historic arrangement has radically changed over the past three decades. Welfare use among this group and for low-skill immigrants granted amnesty is three times the rate for the U. Today, immigrant families are at least 50 percent more likely to receive federal benefits than those born in this country. Additionally, immigrants are more likely to adapt their lives to rely on the welfare system and studies have shown the longer immigrants stay in the U., the more likely they are to be on welfare (Rector, 2006). Illegal aliens drain social services paid for by legal citizens, $2.5 billion from Medicaid, $2 billion from food aid programs and $2 billion in hospital care from the federal coffers in 2002 alone. States along the southern border pay out hundreds of millions of dollars every year providing social services for illegal aliens (“Illegal Immigrants”, 2007).Cole’s fourth ‘myth’ that the
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