the past ten years, I have tried my best to inform the American people
concerning the negatives of endless legal immigration as well as the horrors of
nonstop illegal immigration.
when Bush tried to jam an amnesty down our throats in 2007, enough Americans
called and wrote their senators to stop the amnesty. But today, the exact same bogus amnesty faces
us once again. As noted earlier, our
U.S. Senate added another 500,000 legal immigrants to the bill to make it 1.5
million immigrants granted citizenship annually. You must wonder who they represent because
itâ€™s sure not American citizens.
they wonâ€™t enforce the laws on the books, but now they rewrite the laws to make
illegality and criminalityâ€”legal. It
boggles my mind.
publisher and my long time friend, John F. Rohe, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer
from 1972 to 1974 and now serves as vice president for Philanthropy at the
Colcom Foundation, in Pittsburgh, spoke to me about what our country faces if
Senate Bill 744 passes.
foundation leaders have spoken in support of the pending bill to overhaul
immigration,â€ť said Rohe. â€śEvery policy decision, however, creates winners and
losers. In fairness, both deserve consideration.
immigrants, whether legal or illegal, merit human sympathy. As foreign job
seekers, they strive to improve opportunities for themselves and their
families. Immigrants have often benefited themselves while benefiting America.
everyone, however, necessarily benefits. It falls squarely within the province
of philanthropy to contemplate the losersâ€” particularly since they are often
the most desperate in the United States and abroad.
inexorable facts underlie the difficult, and often tragic, circumstances in
todayâ€™s immigration policies. For example, the Population Reference Bureau
reminds us the planet adds 231,000 people (births minus deaths) every day.
Thatâ€™s essentially another major American city on a daily basis. The vast
majority of newcomers were born into underprivileged, and often impoverished,
circumstances in developing nations. The line of desperate immigrants with a
legitimate claim on the worldâ€™s conscience is long. The depth of this line
cannot be ignored.
a wide margin, the United States accepts more immigrants than any other nation.
Even this unprecedented level represents an almost invisible fraction of global
hardship. For every immigrant, thousands upon thousands in need are left
past decade has added more immigrants than any other decade in U.S. history.
Meanwhile, domestic job prospects have plummeted. According to the Center for
Immigration Studies, â€śCensus Bureau data collected in March of  show that
13.1 million immigrants (legal and illegal) arrived in the previous 10 years,
even though there was a net decline of a million jobs during the decade. In
contrast, during the 1990s there was a net growth of 21 million jobs and 12.1
million new immigrants arrived.â€ť
immigration overhaul might operate more benevolently if the U.S. was
experiencing a worker shortage. The proposed overhaul would, going forward,
more than double the already record high level of legal immigration.
numbers give pause. During the first 10 years of this overhaul, immigration
would add the number of people now residing in the 20 largest U.S. cities. (33
million people) Why would the nation flood a labor pool already teeming with
displaced, jobless, and underemployed Americans?
path to legalize the 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally today
would steepen (make more difficult) the path to a livable wage for the American
worker. Congress will not soon repeal the law of supply and demand.
policy predominantly affects Americaâ€™s underprivileged. The unemployment rate
among some minority groups exceeds 50 percent.
Borjas, a Harvard scholar who is an immigrant from Cuba, has been described by
Business Week and The Wall Street Journal as Americaâ€™s leading immigration
economist. A report he issued last month finds immigration is primarily a
other words, since most immigrants arrive with low educational skills, they
compete for jobs with Americaâ€™s underprivileged. The American worker is either
displaced or suffers wage dilution. Mr. Borjas concludes that mass immigration
essentially â€średistributesâ€ť the wages of needy Americans to the immigrants.
the American work force, a job means hope, a sense of self-worth, the
opportunity to demonstrate responsible behavior to family members, and
stability for a single- or two-parent household.
job enables an honorably discharged member of the military to continue feeling
like a team player when re-entering civilian life. To undermine an American job
is to destabilize fundamental philanthropic priorities.
sympathy toward foreigners should embrace not only those willing to flee the
hardship of home but also, more important, the multitudes left behind.
a practical matter, migration will be feasible for only a thin veneer of the
worldâ€™s approximately one billion undernourished, dehydrated, or starving
inhabitants. For the worldâ€™s
economically depressed billions, only a small fraction will realistically be in
a position to cut and run.
confront the sobering mathematical reality of hardship in foreign lands is to
recognize that aid must be deployed where the cause of suffering originates,
rather than where the few can escape. Meaningful assistance requires those of
us who want to help the needy to endure the rigors of skin diseases and
intestinal complications at the source, where the masses reside. The issue is
not whether to be compassionate. Rather, itâ€™s whether to actively solve the cause
of a problem or react to the consequence.â€ť
issue brims with disquieting ethical issues
the motivated elements of society flee, a nation is deprived of enthusiastic
catalysts for change,â€ť said Rohe. â€śThis loss postpones the prospects for reform
where reform is urgently needed. The ethics become even more poignÂant. The
International Organization for Migration says there are more Ethiopian doctors
practicing in Chicago than in Ethiopia. How can this immigration policy be
reconciled with selfless, charitable compassion?
judicious allocation of support is never easy. According to the Center for
Immigration Studies, 57 percent of all immigrant households with children
receive welfare payments. (This figure does not include nonprofit support of
immigrants.) Every dollar spent in the United States represents one less dollar
available to deal with the cause of hardship. The charitable dollar spreads far
more widely at the source of hardship in developing lands than in the U.S. That
dollar of support can best serve humanity where it bears the highest value and
serves the widest need.
stirs ardent emotions on both sides of the debate. Perhaps for this reason, the
level of immigration oscillates wildly. It was high around the turn of the 20th
century and again near the turn of the 21st. In 1924, responding to an
oversupply of labor, the proliferation of ghettos, and dismal job prospects for
blacks, Congress slashed immigration to a trickle. It remained low until the last
major overhaul of immigration law in 1965, which then increased the flow to the
current high mark. A more sustainable approach seems preferable to the episodic
policy of the past or the proposed overhaul of the present.
the nation has been slightly below replacement-level fertility for over 40
years, the overhaul would eventually cause the United States to follow China
and India as the next billion-person nation.
a domestic population surge be a philanthropic priority today, as the nation
confronts water shortages, urban sprawl, farmland losses, congestion, toxic
proliferation, resource depletion, landfill overloads, unemployment, energy
dependence and national parks that are loved to death?
promoting the overhaul, foundations could support research and education on the
consequences. Letâ€™s examine the environmental and economic impact of sharply
increasing human pressures here while ignoring pressures at the source. As
long-range philanthropists, letâ€™s explore the optimum level of immigration to
maintain a respectable balance between people and resources. Letâ€™s strive to
fashion a non-discriminatory, racially neutral, sustainable policy to assure
the borders will never again be essentially closed.
formulating a thoughtful policy on the level of immigration, an ounce of
prevention will enable todayâ€™s philanthropist to champion a long-term ethical
imperative. When advancing long-range public policy, the physicianâ€™s maxim to
â€śfirst do no harmâ€ť remains relevant to philanthropy.â€ť
S744 passes, it will do more harm than anyone yet understands. I urge each of you reading this commentary to
take action at my website and other organizations gearing up to defeat this
horrific amnesty bill.
Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning
Zone at 650 AM, www.KGAB.com
Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest
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In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, â€śImmigration,
Poverty, and Gum Balls
â€ť, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes
to see for yourself:
â€śImmigration by the numbersâ€”off the chartâ€ť by
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of
unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future
generations: in a few words, â€śMind boggling!â€ť www.NumbersUSA.org
for the best information on what we face as a civilization as to
overpopulation, energy, immigration and much more.
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack
Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the
Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS;
presents Hooked on Growth: Our
Misguided Quest for Prosperity,
Join the cause at www.growthbusters.org ;
Trailer to his latest movie on overpopulation: http://youtu.be/KLWxWOcUrVc
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown
and panel discussion:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Alexandra Paul talks about human overpopulation and saving our
world by all women having 1 child only:
One planet, one child:
We must come to terms with birth control and stabilizing human
population. This three minute video brings the terror of Indiaâ€™s predicament up
close and personal by Paul Winn of Australia:
Important books to read and educate yourself:
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation,
edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, 2012
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman
2007 A scholarly research on how the Earth will fare after Homo
sapiens are gone.
Man Swarm, and the Killing of Wildlife,
Dave Foreman 2011 Mankind as locusts.
Take Conservation Back, Dave Foreman, 2013
The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler,
what America faces when oil runs out.
Overshoot by William Catton
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by
Peek Everything: Facing a century of Declines by
Plan B, 4.0, Saving Civilization by Lester Brown
The Population Fix by Edward C. Hartman
America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans by
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the
Arctic to the South Pole - as well as eight times across the USA, coast to
coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway
to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. He
presents â€śThe Coming Population Crisis facing America: what to do about
. His latest
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