The Common Good

Bordering on the truth: Myths and facts about immigration

Date: June 11, 2013

During Congress' current debate about immigration reform, the realities faced by immigrants and border communities are all too often misunderstood and misrepresented. What are the facts about border issues?

Myth #1: Border walls are effective for keeping out unauthorized border crossers.

Myth #2: The border is safer today because the Border Patrol has doubled in number in less than a decade.

Myth #3: The current U.S. border strategy is focused on detecting real criminals and terrorists.

Myth #4: The current U.S. border policy is ethically justifiable.

Myth #5: After immigration reform, the border issue will be resolved.