Here Are 7 Hard Truths About Immigration

Lots of misinformation leads to massive amounts of inhumanity

Amid President Donald Trump's escalating lies, here are a few realities:

1. A record high of 75 percent of Americans now say immigration is a “good thing” for the country

2. America needs more immigrants, not fewer, because our population is rapidly aging.  

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3. Historically, new immigrants have contributed more to society in taxes than they have taken from society in terms of public assistance

4. Most immigrants don’t take jobs away from native-born Americans. To the contrary, their spending creates more jobs

5. Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants generate more crime is dead wrong. Both legal and undocumented immigrants are significantly less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States

6. Violent crime rates in America are actually at historical lows, with the homicide rate back to its level from the early 1960s. 

7. Illegal border crossings have been declining since 2014 – long before Trump’s “crackdown.” There is no “surge” in illegal immigration. 

Please spread the truth.

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Robert Reich is the nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor and a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich's documentary, "Saving Capitalism," is streaming on Netflix. His latest book, "The Common Good," is available in bookstores now.