The Top 15 Immigration Lies

7) “Dry up the jobs. Self deportation is the answer.”

Not workable. If illegal immigrants choose to leave on their own, they can come back on their own whenever the economy improves. That is not a solution.

6) “All Latinos are pro-illegal immigration.”

Not even close. Polls show majorities of Latinos in favor of border security and opposed to illegal immigration. They also happen to support comprehensive immigration reform and more humane policies.

5) “Deportation is the only solution.”

Nope. If you deport these people, most of them will come back within a few days or weeks. In fact, some Border Patrol agents report arresting the same person three times in one shift.

4) “Employers don’t know who is legal.”

Not believable. During congressional hearings, Bush administration officials reported employers taking Social Security cards with misspellings and others that had this number: 000-00-0000.

3) “You can stop illegal immigration through enforcement only.”

Not likely. This is an economic problem, on both sides of the border. Enforcement alone doesn’t work because there isn’t a wall high enough to stop a parent from feeding his children.

2) “If you criticize a half-baked and harmful solution, then you must be in favor of illegal immigration.”

Not necessarily. You might just be against half-baked and harmful ideas. Perhaps you believe they make the problem worse.

1) “The immigration debate isn’t about race or ethnicity.”

Sure, it isn’t. Anymore than it has been for the last 250 years. The mantra is always: There goes the neighborhood. Newcomers are always seen as inferior to those who arrived earlier, and often, that inferiority is pegged to race or ethnicity.

As issues go, immigration is as complicated as they come. Americans don’t need to make the debate even more difficult -- to the point of impossible -- by being dishonest about it.

Let’s stop trying to kid each other -- or ourselves. Let's put our cards on the table and have a nice clean game.