IMMIGRATION: OUR HUMAN DILEMMA
August 29, 2011
By 2050, at the current rate of immigration-driven growth, our country adds another 75 million immigrants by 2035. Many experts expect higher numbers. Is it a milestone or millstone?
In the face of scientific evidence of melting polar ice caps, accelerating species extinction, water shortages, soil erosion, air pollution, acid rain and vanishing farmland—where do we find a national leader to address America’s most ominous dilemma early in the 21st century? Few leaders emerge in the political, educational or religious realm.
U.S. industrial giants won’t speak about it. Most Americans ignore its reality. A few notables like Dr. John Tanton, Roy Beck, Dr. Diana Hull, David Paxson, Bill Ryerson, Dan Stein, Marilyn Hempel, Kathleene Parker, Dr. Albert Bartlett of Colorado University and former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm—educate Americans about their future immigration calamity.
But, like the Amtrak Express on the midnight run, it’s comin’ and it’s comin’ fast
Silent-assertion! One hundred-fifty years ago, one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain said, “Almost all lies are acts, and speech has no part in them. I am speaking of the lie of silent assertion; we can tell it without saying a word. For example: it would not be possible for a humane and intelligent person to invent a rational excuse for slavery; yet you will remember that in the early days of emancipation agitation in the North, the agitators got but small help or countenance from anyone. Argue, plead and pray as they might, they could not break the universal stillness that reigned, from the pulpit and press all the way down to the bottom of society—the clammy stillness created and maintained by the lie of silent assertion; the silent assertion that there wasn’t anything going on in which humane and intelligent people were interested.
“The universal conspiracy of the silent assertion lie is hard at work always and everywhere, and always in the interest of a stupidity or sham, never in the interest of a thing fine or respectable. It is the most timid and shabbiest of all lies…the silent assertion that nothing is going on which fair and intelligent men and women are aware of and are engaged by their duty to try to stop.”
In Twain’s time, slavery continued as the silent-assertion of the day until it imploded into states’ rights and the Civil War.
Immigration: today, in Congress and the White House, you witness a complete abrogation of common sense, action for the common good and visionary engagement toward the future. With each new scandal, aberrant side-dishes surface weekly that detract from the harsh realities we face.
“Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth.” -World scientists’ warning to humanity, signed by 1600 senior scientists from 70 countries including 102 Nobel Prize laureates
America faces unending migrant millions from its southern border. In the last century, Mexico expanded from 50 million poverty stricken peasants to 114 million today. By mid century, because of, or due to, religious and cultural propensities, Mexico expects 153 million people. If you think they engage solutions to their problems, think again.
Not only Mexico, but millions in South America, Africa, India, China, Bangladesh and the Middle East explode out of their demographic as well as ecological britches and carrying capacity limits.
Where do they flee? Answer: to America, Canada, Australia and Europe.
We can ignore reality for a limited amount of time, but reality will not ignore us
No first world country can escape the inevitable migration of millions from overloaded, overcrowded and environmentally unsustainable countries around the world. To avoid a perilous future, first world as well as third world countries must take action immediately, profoundly and with tenacious determination!
You may recall a movie starring Will Smith titled, “Independence Day” whereby an alien force invaded planet Earth. All nations came together to fend off the invader.
Can we unite humanity in this 21st century to act in unison for our own survival? Do we realize the ‘enemy’ proves to be our own immigration policy? Can we unite to change our cultural and biological propensities away from endless immigration?
What we face
If I could take you for a two week trip to Mexico City, Mexico; Shanghai, China; Bombay, India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; or Dakar, Egypt—you would grow sick to your stomach. You would be inspired to take action. You wouldn’t want your children to live with the misery those people endure, by the millions, as they cling to life—every day of their lives.
The PBS journalist Bill Moyers asked the great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, “What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if this growth continues at its present rate?”
Asimov replied, “It will be completely destroyed. I use what I call the bathroom metaphor: if two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want to stay as long as you like for whatever you need.
“But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person; you have to bang on the door, ‘Aren’t you done yet?’”
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He concluded, “In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive. Convenience and decency can’t survive. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters.”
Which leads me to this question: do you want to see your children face an added 75 million immigrants allowed into this country within the next two decades? If you do nothing, that’s what your children will realize.
What you can do instead of becoming a victim
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself.
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
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