a web site dedicated to correcting misinformation about "illegal" immigrants
There is a new investigative report on vehicle impoundments in the City of Santa Barbara. To see the latest version, with new appendices and spreadsheets attached, press here To see a new report on the myth of the dangerous unlicensed driver, press here Several groups have asked about how to request documents on impoundments under the California Public Records Act. For a copy of the request submitted to the Santa Barbara Police Department for documents used in the recent report: press here For a copy of PUEBLO's response the failure to produce certain requested documents, press here For a copy of the correspondence between me (Trenholme) and the SBPD and City Attorney in 2006 when I attempted on my own to secure documents, press here
Over the past several years thousands of editorials, newspaper and television stories, books, and letters to the editor have appeared asserting "facts" about undocumented ("illegal") immigrants. Many of these assertions are demonstrably false and some echo racist anti-immigrant slurs that have occurred throughout human history. Immigration policy is a complex issue that is of vital importance for the nation as a whole and for millions of individual human beings, both citizens and immigrants. A fair and intelligent discussion of immigration policy requires accurate information. At present, the discussion has been highly biased because of a preponderance of false and infammatory anti-immigrant claims. This website aims to correct many of these through the presentation of documented facts--government statistics, impartial studies, and bi-partisan reports. It also provides links to many of the source documents.
This web site contains essays on a variety of immigration-related topics. In many cases these deal not only with factual errors but with errors of reasoning and argument. One glaring example of an error of reasoning that permeates anti-immigrant arguments is a conflation of decisions about future immigration policy with decisions about how to treat long-term resident undocumented immigrants, especially those families with minor children (many U.S. citizens). A policy which may make sense with respect to future immigration policy may be inhumane and economically and socially destructive when applied to the millions of immigrant families currently integrated into the American society and economy.
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Common Falsehoods about Immigrants
The Economic Effects of Immigration:
Attacks on Immigrants for Causing a Population Growth
Calls to "Secure the Borders" to Prevent Terrorism
Social and Cultural Issues Involving Immigration
Gangs and Crime
How Should Immigrants Currently Living in the United States be Treated?
Humane Treatment of Current Immigrants and Future Policy
Legality Does Not Equal Morality
Covert Tolerance of Informal Immigration by the United States Goverment
The Immigrant Experience
Letters to Newspapers
Anti-immigrant Policies and Opinions in Santa Barbara County