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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 25, 2007

Immigration Fact Check: Responding to Key Myths

     Fact sheet In Focus: Immigration

1. MYTH: The government is going to give permanent legal status to 12 million illegal aliens before securing our borders.

2. MYTH: Under the guest-worker program, guest workers will be able to bring spouses and children into the United States. Children of guest workers will be entitled to free education in public schools, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. 

3. MYTH: This bill, through mandates with the Employment Eligibility Verification System, gives the federal government the authority to force national ID cards on all American citizens.

4. MYTH: The bill allows dangerous gang members access to the Z visa program if they renounce their gang affiliation.

5. MYTH: The bill contains a new category of visas for family members that includes a waiver for "family members in hardship cases," which will exponentially increase extended-family chain migration.

6. MYTH: Illegal workers who remained in the country after they were ordered deported by an immigration judge are eligible for Z visas.

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