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Author David Cole explains in Five Myths about Immigration that people are misinformed about immigrants in America and blame them for all the problems in the American society Cole comments that the Native Americans which have nothing to do with what we call Native Americans today were labeled as Know-Nothings because they simply did not know anything about immigrants and prejudged immigrants who came into the country The author quotes one Know-Nothing for saying that more than half the prisons and almshouses more than half the police and the cost of administering criminal justice are for foreigners In the 1860s immigrants arrived from Ireland and Germany causing anti-alien and anti-Catholic sentiments to appear in states such as Massachusetts and New York Cole takes this topic to heart because his ancestors were among the dirt-poor Irish-Catholics who moved to America in the 1960s but were fortunate because after fifteen years the prejudice faded away Now 140 years later the author points out that a similar prejudice has returned with the exception that the focus has changed from Irish Catholics and Germans to Latin Americans most recently Cubans Haitians and Arab-Americans Cole explains how five commonly held beliefs regarding immigrants to the United States are in reality myths Coles first misunderstanding myth is that America is being overrun with immigrants America is a nation of immigrants which has been true since Christopher Columbus landed in this country Although most Americans believe that foreign-born people make up a large population of the United States Cole notes that only eight percent of immigrants fall in this category In fact between seventy and eighty percent of those who immigrate each year are refugees and immediate relatives of US citizens In addition immigrants living in the United States only make up one percent of the countrys population Most aliens do not cross the border illegally emphasizes Cole but enter legally and remain after their student of visitor visa expires Coles second
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