UNITED STATES 2009: UNRESTRICTED IMMIGRATION
December 29, 2008
While the immigration debate rages across the planet, most authorities, leaders and the media tremble at the mention of hyper-immigration growth, “…widely recognized as a major component of the social, economic and environmental problems facing mankind.”
Let’s us examine a man on the forefront of the immigration crisis facing the United States of America. His seminal work at www.thesocialcontract.com and www.fairus.org continues as the single most compelling catalyst for discussion on what America faces in the 21st century.
“In 1975, Dr. John Tanton’s essay entitled “International Migration” placed third in the Mitchell Prize competition. The award was given during the “Limits to Growth Conference” in Woodlands, Texas. The conference was sponsored by the Club of Rome, the University of Houston and Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation. The paper became the cover story for The Ecologist in July 1976. It planted the seed from which immigration reform germinated. While Tanton’s subsequent writings reveal a deeper insight, none is more prescient or pivotal,” said John Rohe, publisher.
While most Americans docilely accept 1.2 million legal immigrants into the USA annually, they don’t quite understand the long term ramifications facing their progeny as water, energy and resources exhaust themselves from sheer over-use and over-extension.
That same 1.2 million annual immigration pattern added 100 million in the past 40 years. Continuing that mass immigration guarantees an added 100 million people to the USA by 2035. For all U.S. citizens, it portends a crisis-filled future, i.e., water shortages, energy, accelerating pollution, species extinction, quality of life and many other issues.
“The spatial distribution of human populations is importantly related to such phenomena as urban areas insufficiently dense for mass transit and loss of prime agricultural land to development,” Tanton said. “Conspicuous by its absence from the environmental literature, however, is the role of international migration plays in the demographic and other problems facing mankind.”
Even with Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling, of CNN’s “Planet in Peril,” visiting the most horribly contaminated and dangerous places on Earth, they fail to mention human overpopulation! Ling quoted the astounding fact that humans kill 100 million sharks annually for nothing more than their dorsal fins to feed, as a delicacy, Japanese and Chinese palates. That 100 million shark deaths annually has transpired for 20 years! Ling also reported that 200,000 elephants in one African preserve in the Congo suffered poaching down to their present number of 2,900—in the last 30 years. Bandits slaughter those elephants for nothing more than their two ivory tusks.
Tanton’s paper touched the tip of the iceberg in 1975, which, today manifests in greater drama since we grew from 4.0 billion to our present 6.7 billion—on our way to 9.8 billion in 40 years—net gain of another 3.1 billion people.
“It is, however, no more inconsistent for the offspring of immigrants to consider the limitation of immigration than it is for the products of conception to plan to limit births or the beneficiaries of past economic growth to consider limitations,” Tanton said. “Mexico is one source of illegal migrants to the United States. The driving force behind the migration northward is the great disparity in employment opportunity and income between the two nations.”
Let us understand that Mexico expects to grow from 108 million in 2009 to 153 million in 2050—a scant 41 years from now. All of Latin America expects to double from its 325 million to well over 650 million within 40 years. Imagine CNN’s “Planet in Peril” subject lines in four decades; much worse than 2008!
When talented and educated third world citizens migrate to other countries, they leave a brain-drain and loss of leadership abilities.
“Illegal immigration is at least a step-child of the brain-drain, for it is increasing the economic disparity between national that is the chief impetus behind this phenomenon,” Tanton said. “The world population problem cannot be solved by mass international migration. If developed nations took in the annual growth of the less developed, nations, they would have to accommodate 53 million persons annually. This would give them an annual growth rate of 6.3 percent and a doubling time of eleven years. In the face of this impossibility, the main avenue open for the develop nations to help the less developed ones is to restrict their own growth and tow seek to apply the resources thus conserved to the solution of the problems of the less developed nations.”
In 2009, a brilliantly inept U.S. Congress, led by myopic Senator Harry Reid and indolent House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi expect to ram an immigration amnesty that will not only allow 20 to 30 million illegal alien migrants instant citizenship, but they also expect to continue ‘chain migration’ and double legal immigration from its current 1.2 million to 2.4 million per year. That action will add 100 million people to the USA within 30 years.
“The question we face is not whether immigration should be restricted, for it has been for decades in all countries,” Tanton said. “Rather, the question is, what restrictions are appropriate to today's world? Re-examination of this question is made easier by the realization that current limits are arbitrary in their origins. Many were set decades ago without consideration of population, resource, environmental, and other facts that can and should be taken into account today.
“Happily, it is possible to envision a world in which international migration could become free and unfettered. Appropriately, it is the world of a stationary state, in which people in different regions are in equilibrium with resources, and in which there is a reasonable chance in each region for self-fulfillment, matched with social equity. Under these conditions, international migration could be unfettered, because there would be little incentive to move. Contentment with conditions at home, coupled with man's strong attachment to things familiar, would serve to keep most people in place. While the freedom to migrate at will is incompatible with the physical realities of today's world, it is one of many things that can be restored as man achieves balance with his environment.”
While Dr. Tanton espoused such a world in 1975 with a world population of 4.0 billion, humanity faces 6.7 billion today and growing by 77 million desperately poor annually—net gain.
Their main destinations? Functioning democracies in Europe and the United States! Mass migration will prove America’s most daunting dilemma. It will not survive endless massive immigration.
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Reasonable solution: full out moratorium on all immigration into the Unites States! After a five to ten year moratorium, a maximum of 100,000 annually, only if that many egress America each year. President Obama must understand that no solutions can work if we add 2.4 million immigrants into our country without end. We must move toward a stable, sustainable and balanced civilization.
Otherwise, as Dr. Tanton observes, the United States and her citizens face a world of hurt in the coming decade.