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New York Times Population Debate

March 17, 2009 • News

I urge you to visit the links below and help shape the U.S. population debate unfolding on the pages of The New York Times. In fact there are two debates occurring simultaneously: one on population and one on immigration.

The New York Times is publishing a series of articles on the impact the latest wave of immigrants is having on American institutions, with the first article focusing on the challenges of educating new immigrants.

They have also opened a blog called “Room for Debate” where you can make comments on this, and presumably, future articles in the immigration series:

The New York Times
has also opened a thread in “Room for Debate” called “The Latest Population Bombs and Busts.”

It appears The New York Times is attempting to separate the population issue from the US immigration issue and make them into two unrelated issues. It may be helpful to visit the immigration thread and comment about the unsustainable population aspects of current US immigration policy.

Talking points could include:

Any discussion of immigration into the United States — already the world’s third most populous nation and projected to add more citizens in the next 40 years than all but India and Nigeria — is incomplete without addressing its impact on domestic population growth and long term domestic sustainability.

On average, over 1 million foreign born people are granted permanent residence status each year. (In 2005 it was 1.2 million). Prior to a 1965 change in law, annual entries were about 300,000 per year.
By adding 133 million people, the US is set to add into its borders the equivalent of all the current citizens of Mexico and Canada combined by 2050. This will result in:

• US population sky-rocketing by over 130 million people.

• Demand for the ground-water, open-space and farm-land dramatically surging.

• Wages for lower-skilled, less-educated Americans further plummeting as excess service labor swamps the market.

• Roads, schools, subways and grocery stores becoming even more crowded.

• Representative democracy weakening as each elected official serves a drastically inflated constituency.

If Congress were to set immigration policy to allow for 300,000 people to be invited into the nation per year – the historical norm – US population would be 80 million less than is it currently projected to be at mid-century.

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