Myth: Immigrants are uneducated and increase crime rates.
Fact: More than 11% of foreign-born workers have advanced degrees.
- 1 in 5 (more than 1.3 million) college-educated immigrants living in the United States are unemployed or are underemployed in positions such as taxi drivers, dishwashers and security guards due to expensive re-certification processes to resume previous careers.
- Crime rates are lowest in states with the highest immigration growth rates.
- The undocumented population doubled from 1994 to 2005 nationally, the violent crime rate declined by 34.2% and the property crime rate fell by 26.4%.