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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rapid population growth is the major cause of environmental degradation in the US. Thus it's accurate to say that immigration to the US, both legal and illegal, is greatest controllable cause of environmental damage-2001 Wall St. Journal op-ed by Prof. of Biology and Dir., Center for Inland Waters, San Diego State University

July 4, 2001 Wall St. Journal op-ed responds to WSJ editorial  advocating massively increasing US immigration and open borders: "We annually celebrate the Fourth of July with a paean to immigration...Indeed, during the immigration debate of 1984 we suggested...a constitutional amendment: "There shall be open borders.""....Added: From 1990-2000 the US added 500,000 Mexicans every year. For two decades, 1990-2010, the largest population transfer on earth was Mexico to the United States.

7/4/2001, "Wall Street Journal Needs to Open Its Eyes, Not Border," by Stuart H. Hurlbert, Professor of Biology and Director, Center for Inland Waters, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif. (sci.sdsu.edu) (In response to 7/2/2001 Wall St. Journal Editorial, "Open NAFTA Borders? Why Not?" Wall St. Journal, Robert L. Bartley)

"Mr. Bartley's paean to high immigration rates and open borders reflects considerable misunderstanding of the big picture. I comment on only two of its many blindspots: the environment and the "unstoppability" of immigration

Rapid population growth is the major cause of accelerating environmental degradation in the U.S. This population growth is now driven primarily by legal immigration. Illegal immigration is a significant but secondary driver. And, in distant third place, are births to U.S. citizens, or rather the difference between births and deaths among citizens.
 
Our population growth rate is now higher than that of any other industrialized nation. Combined with our high per capita rates of resource consumption and waste generation, this rate of population growth occasions great environmental damage. Some of it is irreversible, and all of it is our legacy to our children and grandchildren. 

Thus it is accurate to say that immigration is the greatest controllable cause of environmental degradation in the U.S. The environment, of course, has never been a matter of prime concern to the Wall Street Journal, so to see it neglected or 'externalized' from an analysis once again is no surprise.

Even without open borders, the U.S. Census Bureau now predicts that the U.S. population may exceed a billion before the end of this century if there is no immigration reform. 

It is equally misguided for Mr. Bartley to state that "There is no realistic way to stop the resulting flow of people [across our borders] -- certainly no way that would be acceptable to the American conscience." 

The great majority of Americans want a reduction in legal immigration and a halt to illegal immigration -- and know full well that there are perfectly "acceptable" means to achieve both objectives. What we do not find "acceptable" is the kowtowing of Congress and the Executive Branch to the powerful special interests fighting for cheap labor and cheap causes. 

With respect to legal immigration all that is needed is legislation to reduce levels to what they were say, in the 1950s and 1960s. Why would most Americans not find this "acceptable?" 

With respect to illegal immigration, this is high only because for decades we have offered many rewards and essentially no penalties to those who attempt it. Those who hire illegal aliens likewise are usually given a free pass. To solve this problem, little more is required than to enforce laws already on the books -- laws clearly "acceptable" to the American people. 

Recent testimony by Mr. Roy Beck before the House Judiciary Committee has thoroughly documented the failure of The Executive Branch to enforce U.S. immigration laws or to assist communities heavily impacted by illegal immigrants. This dereliction of duty has risen to a level that a growing portion of the U.S. population views as treasonous. Mr. Beck offers a number of constructive suggestions that could bring about rapid reversal of this dangerous state of affairs."

http://www.veteransforsecureborders.us/articles/art2001jul04.html

http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton/OpenBorderBartleyWSJ.html
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7/2/2001, "Open Nafta Borders? Why Not?" Wall St. Journal, by Robert L. Bartley [Bartley was WSJ editorial page editor for 3 decades]

"Reformist Mexican President Vincente Fox raises eyebrows with his suggestion that over a decade or two Nafta should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders for not only goods and investment but also people. He can rest assured that there is one voice north of the Rio Grande that supports his vision. To wit, this newspaper.

We annually celebrate the Fourth of July with a paean to immigration, the force that tamed this vast continent and built this great Republic. This is not simply history; immigration continues to refresh and nourish America; we would be better off with more of it. Indeed, during the immigration debate of 1984 we suggested an ultimate goal to guide passing policies -- a constitutional amendment: "There shall be open borders.""...

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Added: The US added 5 million Mexicans to its population from 1990-2000. For two decades, 1990-2010, the largest population transfer on earth was Mexico to the United States:

From 1990-2000 the US added 500,000 Mexicans every year

Over twenty years, 1990-2010, the largest population transfer on Earth remained Mexico to the United States: From 1990-2000 500,000 every year; From 2000-2010, 240,000 every year, per Sept. 2016 UN report,  "International Migration Report 2015," Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs. ........

p. 23, pdf: For two decades, 1990-2010, the largest population transfer on earth remained Mexico to the United States.
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Feb. 8, 2005, "Vicente Fox, Labor Pimp," Human Events, Mac Johnson

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Comment: Please excuse tiny text above and below. It's courtesy of my google baby sitters. If I try enlarge the text, they make it even smaller. 

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2/1/17, "Mexico’s remittances reach almost $27 billion," AP via Washington Post, Mexico City 

"Mexicans living abroad sent home almost $27 billion in 2016, the highest yearly figure on record, the central bank reported on Wednesday."... 


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Mexico's minimum wage of 53 cents an hour (80 pesos per day. 80 pesos=$4.25 US dollars. $4.25 divided by 8 hours=53 cents) guarantees a constant flow of slave labor to the US and billions in remittances sent back to Mexico through US and Mexican banks.

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US Republican Senator says US can't offer higher wages because "globalization" dictates what US employers can afford to pay workers: 

Following WSJ op-ed agrees with Sen. Johnson's view of the US as a global cash register rather than a country:

5/4/17, "On Immigration, Washington Doesn’t Know Best," Wall St. Journal, Jason L. Riley, opinion 

"Two GOP congressmen have a plan to give states authority over visas and work rules." 


"When I asked Mr. Johnson why employers couldn’t simply raise wages to attract more U.S. workers, he replied that there are multiple causes for labor shortages. “We pay people not to work. We tell our kids that you have to get a four-year degree, which kind of implies that working in factories or the crafts or the trades—that there’s something wrong with that.” The senator also cited the international marketplace with which so many employers now must grapple. “Remember, you’re also operating in a global economy where you have competitive prices on products,” he said. “So you have globalization of product prices, which dictates what you can actually afford in terms of paying workers. I understand the anecdotal stories of American workers being displaced by immigrants and illegal immigrants. But there’s also the truth that a lot of business can’t hire enough people at any wage.”"...


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Added: US knows recession and mass immigration led many US workers to drop out of the job market and become drug addicts, but we must move on, must have much more cheap foreign labor:

Globalist GOP, more determined than ever to erase US borders, are planning a bill to achieve this through the states rather than waiting for a federal bill. States will be offered new visa quotas combined with US citizenship. GOP lawmakers Sen. Johnson, R-Wi and Rep. Buck, R-Co say US must "replace" drug addicted American workers who've dropped out. (The bill, State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program of 2017,” hasn't yet been formally introduced). US citizenship is merely a tool to ensure constant downward pressure on US wages. Mexico's minimum wage of 53 cents an hour (80 pesos per day. 80 pesos=$4.25 US dollars. $4.25 divided by 8 hours=53 cents) guarantees a constant flow of slave labor to the US. Billions in remittances sent back to Mexico through US and Mexican banks. From 1990-2000 the US added 500,000 Mexicans every year.

5/4/17, "Two GOP Legislators Propose American Replacement Bill, Plus Amnesty," Breitbart, Neil Munro

"Two GOP legislators are introducing legislation to let states annually import 500,000 foreign blue-collar workers and white-collar professionals to replace Americans who have fallen out of the workforce and into drug addiction. The American replacement bill is needed because companies can’t hire the employees they want amid the massive decline in the number of Americans who are seeking work, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson told an event hosted Wednesday by the CATO Institute....


In his Wednesday statement, (Wisconsin's) Johnson spoke at length about the “new plague [of opioid addiction] in our country,” and quoted from an article describing the huge extent of worker drop out amid the post-2008 combination punch of recession and mass-immigration. According to the article by demographer Nichols Eberstadt:

"The collapse in work rates for U.S. adults between 2008 and 2010 was roughly twice the amplitude of what had previously been the country’s worst postwar recession, back in the early 1980s. In that previous steep recession, it took America five years to re-attain the adult work rates recorded at the start of 1980. This time, the U.S. job market has as yet, in early 2017, scarcely begun to claw its way back up to the work rates of 2007—much less back to the work rates from early 2000…U.S. adult work rates never recovered entirely from the recession of 2001—much less the crash of ’08."

The subsequent “social pathologies…I would argue are being driven by government policy,” Johnson told the hearing room, and he cited Medicaid’s distribution of free opioids throughout much of the country.

But “it is not going to be a government program that is going to solve” that worker drop-out problem, Johnson continued.  So the new visa bill, he said, is targeted to “making sure that American businesses have the labor they need.”

The new bill is required because “we need a strong and vibrant workforce,” said Buck, as he declined to discuss any effort to fix the worker-dropout problem:

"I think we’ve got to deal with able-bodied individuals in this country who are not working…we still need to address the feeling among Americans that are workers in the country…who are not working and need to be working.""...
 




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