US population would stabilize in the low 300 million level without immigration
|US population would stabilize in the low 300 million level without immigration|
The Census Bureau projects the US population, currently 294 million, will reach 420 million by 2050, if current immigration levels continue (see link below). Put differently, the US will add the current population of Mexico (about 106 million), plus some, in just forty-five years.
This projection is not a wild stab in the air. Indeed, the US population swelled from about 225 million in 1980, to about 250 million in 1990, and to 294 million in 2005. Note the acceleration in the population increase from the 1990s, mostly from immigration.
The Census Bureau projects the US population would stabilize around the low 300 million level if there were a moratorium on immigration.
The immigration issue is not the simplistic 'legal is good' and 'illegal is bad' argument. The immigration issue is not the silly us-versus-them argument.
The immigration issue is about numbers.
It's about too much too fast. While it's only natural that people seek a better life in the US, the line has to be drawn somewhere.
Do you want to a live in a Third World country? The US has the highest population growth rate in the developed world. Do you think you or your children's quality of life can be maintained when the US population swells to 420 million and continues growing? Immigrants congregate in cities, they don't spread evenly across the US.
The US government admits over 1 million legal immigrants annually. To put this in perspective, we add twice the population of Washington DC (about 500,000) every year through legal immigration alone. Don't blame the immigrants please. Blame the pols. The Republicans and Democrats have both failed us.
You can close your eyes and pretend it's not happening.
Or you can do something.
Is your Congressman a member of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus? (http://tancredo.house.gov/irc/welcome.htm). If not, why not? Call and find out. The site also includes a report card for each Congressman and Senator regarding immigration reform.
Also, tell your Congressman to support the Mass Immigration Reduction Act (H.R.946), and that you are opposed to any illegal alien amnesty proposed by President Bush.
Call your Senators too and ask why they're so passive on this issue.
Census Bureau population projection: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/usinterimproj/natprojtab01a.xls
anonymous on 2005-09-04 10:00:15 - recs (110)
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