Mass Immigration: Illegal vs. Legal Entry and Chain Migration

Mass immigration makes U.S, cities and their surrounding areas unacceptably crowded, canceling the deliberate decision of U.S. citizens to limit their numbers by having fewer children. A nation’s people have a right to choose the size of their national family, but allowing three million or more immigrants to settle here every year removes the majority of Americans from the decision-making loop.

From 2000 to 2005, 86% of U.S. population growth was the result of immigration and births to immigrants and there will be about 500 million people in the United States by mid-century. Without securing the border and limiting legal immigration to about 200,000 a year, we are on a path to a billion Americans by 2100.

Illegal immigrants are self-selected. We don’t know their true identity, whether they are able bodied or sick, schooled in any language or skill, or have a history of crime or violence. Yet once in the interior of the country, they are rarely apprehended and often remain in the U.S. for a lifetime. Their presence lures others from their family and community, so every illegal alien establishes a base camp for others. Yet almost every major city in the U. S. accommodates their presence and police rarely ascertain their immigration status. Between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens live among us.

Legal immigrants add another one million people every year. There are many routes to legal residency. Most applicants gain entry under the family reunification provisions of the immigration law. This is known as “chain migration.”

Chain migration allows relatives to immigrate, not only a spouse, minor children, and parents, but also siblings and adult children who can bring in their spouses who can sponsor their siblings, parents, and relatives, ad infinitum.

Together chain immigration and illegal entry have essentially replaced the right of the majority citizen-stakeholders to set national immigration levels. But even more serious is the ratcheting up of our numbers. This propels the exponential population growth curve with steep and dangerous momentum. Inevitably, the nation will become even more seriously over-populated, natural resources will dwindle, and the quality of life will erode.

The size, composition, and distribution of the United States population is a national issue of the highest urgency. Our citizens must act, or our country and environment will pay a terrible price.

– Diana Hull, Ph.D. (Behavioral Science)
President of CAPS
Californians for Population Stabilization
www.capsweb.org

Endnotes:

1. From 2000-2002, U.S. population grew 5,116 million. Direct immigration was 2,960 million and births to immigrants 1,475 million. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Annual Birth, Deaths and Migration 2000-2002 (last revised July 2003). In 2002, the size of the U.S. foreign born population increased to 32.5 million, an increase of 12.7 million over the estimated 19.8 million in the 1990 census. Measuring the Foreign-Born Population in the United States; Current Population Survey 1994-2002. Bureau of the Census, Population Division Working Paper No. 73 by Dianne Schmidley and J. Gregory Robinson, October 2003. Also Immigrants in the United States: A Snapshot of America’s Foreign Born Population, by Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, November 2002. Without births to women born outside the United States, the increase in U.S. population growth from births minus deaths would be reduced by more than half. Personal communication, Brady Hamilton, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics (NIH-NCHS), December 8, 2003.

2. In January 2002, the Census Bureau estimated that the illegal alien population was 8,705,421. That estimate was increased to 12 million in a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. immigrant labor force. Immigrant Workers and the Great American Job Machine: The Contributions of New Foreign Immigration to National and Regional Labor Force Growth in the 1990’s by Andrew Sum, Neeta Fogg, Paul Harrington, et al., Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, August 2002.

3. U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of Policy and Planning, Statistics Division, Annual Report, Number 7, August 2002, Legal Immigration, Fiscal Year 2001.

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