Immigration Myths Debunked

Jazmin Colon, Fine Arts and Student Life Editor

Immigrants have been arriving from their countries to the United States for many years now. They deal with several extremely difficult obstacles throughout their journey and everyday life so they may have a chance at a more promising future. However, myths continue to swirl around these immigrants taking advantage of the U.S. or hurting the country more than they are helping. These myths are exactly what the definition of a myth entails, an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.
The the path to legal immigration is a long, confusing, and difficult one that usually remains unfruitful for the individual applying. If you do not have family in the U.S., do not have a college degree in a specialty occupation, or cannot prove that you are a genius, star athlete, or investor with a $1 million, then the legalization process is nearly impossible to get through. Even if you were to have any of the things listed, some people can take from 12 to 28 years on average to get through the process. The next route for people who do not have the time or money to wait is to illegally arrive and stay within U.S. borders. To read the rest of this story, pick up a copy of The Hawkeye from the newsstand near the front office or the media center.

Cartoon by Francesca Testen