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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 18, 2007

Myth/Fact: Ten Key Myths About the Border Security and Immigration Reform Agreement

      In Focus: Immigration

1. MYTH: This is amnesty.

2. MYTH: This proposal repeats the mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.

3. MYTH: The government will not and cannot meet its promise to crack down on the hiring of illegal workers.

4. MYTH: This proposal would cut in half the amount of fence authorized by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

5. MYTH: The trigger period will cause a rush to the border.

6. MYTH: By providing an opportunity for citizenship to illegal immigrants already here, the bill will exponentially increase extended-family chain migration.

7. MYTH: The temporary worker program is bad for American workers.

8. MYTH: Illegal immigrants will come out of the shadows and on to the welfare rolls.

9. MYTH: Government agencies will not be able to share information to pursue immigration violators.

10. MYTH: Senators are being asked to vote Monday on a lengthy bill that they will not have time to read.



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