CWS and Sojourners present joint "Immigration Mythbusters" blog series

Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. In response, Church World Service and Sojourners have partnered to present a joint "Mythbusters" blog series.

NEW YORK -- Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform.  In response, Church World Service (www.churchworldservice.org/immigration) and Sojourners (www.sojo.net) have partnered to present a joint "Mythbusters" blog series.

Each day Oct. 18-21, the series is exploring myths and facts about the current immigration system and reflecting on how people of faith can respond.  For example, the series opener addresses "Myths and Facts about Immigration Economics."

Blogger Andrew Simpson, a policy and outreach associate at Sojourners, tackles one of the most commonly held misconceptions surrounding immigration, that immigrants take American jobs and drive down wages of American workers.

In fact, he offers documentation for his arguments that:

  • Immigrants are not taking American jobs but rather increasing employment for native-born American workers.
  • Immigrants increase the average wages of most American workers.
  • Immigrants create jobs when they start new businesses.

He concludes by encouraging people of faith "to boldly stand up to the fear-driven demagoguery that often dominates the immigration conversation..  Immigration reform is too important to be skewed by half truths and prejudice."

Read the full blog post/follow the series here

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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