It's Time For Immigration Reform Essay

854 words - 3 pages

It's Time for Immigration Reform


News article after news article on immigration characterizes anyone who

opposes the current level of immigration as anti-immigrant. This is

biased and deceitful. It's like saying that anyone who doesn't want 10

or 12 children is anti-children. The truth is that many people are

pro-immigration but recognize that the present level of immigration is

unsustainable and will eventually be detrimental to Americans and

immigrants alike.


One often-used irrelevant argument is that we are a nation of

immigrants. While true, it does not shed light on the question of how

many immigrants should be admitted annually and what should be the

criteria for admission. To understand the issue, we must focus on the

numbers involved. Although the Census Bureau has not released the

number of immigrants for fiscal 1997, most analysts believe that at

least 1 million legal and between 300,000 to 500,000 illegal immigrants

are entering the U.S. each year. This is about four times the number

who came to America annually during the 1950s and 1960s.


Even this does not put the issue in perspective, however. The crux of

the problem is the cumulative impact. At present rates of immigration,

the U.S. population will increase by up to 200 million persons in the

next 50 to 60 years. Even if all immigration were halted today--and few

persons are suggesting such a draconian policy--we will still add up to

80 million people due to the children and grandchildren from the wave

of immigrants that have entered the U.S. since 1970.


So what? Isn't this unending supply of cheap, compliant, hardworking

labor good for America? It is often said that America depends on

immigrants for its future prosperity. If this were true, then we are

indeed doomed as a nation, since it means that we are dependent on a

constantly growing population for economic success. Given the present

immigration trends, which will account for 70 to 80 percent of the

population growth in the next century, it is only a matter of time

before the population of the U.S. surpasses that of India and China.

Why would any nation want to implement such a disastrous policy?


The answer is that few Americans, especially politicians, look past the

next couple of years. It is sometimes suggested that if we find we are

overpopulated we can then cut back on immigration. But even if we

halted all immigration today, it would take at least 50 years before

U.S. population would level out. The reason is, of course, the

fertility rate of immigrants is far higher than that of...

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