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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 8, 2007

Best of the Immigration Fact Check: Top 10 Common Myths

      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: DHS has only one day to complete background checks for illegal immigrants already in the U.S.

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

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

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

7.  MYTH: Illegal immigrants may stay in probationary status for years without having to apply or meet requirements for a Z visa.

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

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

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

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