Largest Citizenship Ceremony in St. Louis History

It’s not often that I enter a post about legal immigration, probably because it doesn’t make the news much.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the biggest challenges we face in stabilizing our population.  Every year we admit over 1.1 million new immigrants.  This article describes just one citizenship ceremony in St. Louis at which citizenship was bestowed on 1,000 new immigrants.  That may sound like a big deal until you realize that, on average, there are three such ceremonies somewhere in the U.S. every day, day-in and day-out, year after year.  Every day we exacerbate our dependence on foreign oil by adding 3,000 more oil consumers.  Every day we add 3,000 more carbon emitters.  Every day we add about 1,500 more to our labor force, even as the number of jobs declines.  This makes absolutely no sense.  We have far too many serious problems to continue doing this kind of thing just because it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy to hear new citizens speak so highly of their adopted country. 

We can be proud of our immigrant roots and our history as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden.  But the mathematical reality is that we can’t keep doing this unless we ourselves want to be trampled by the effects of overpopulation.  Then we’ll be a beacon of hope for no one, not even our own citizens.  It’s time to hang a “no vacancy” sign on that statue in New York harbor.

2 Responses to Largest Citizenship Ceremony in St. Louis History

  1. FJ says:

    Great post. I come from an immigrant family. People think you’re being selfish when you say “it can’t go on forever like this”. They say stupid things like “there’s PLENTY of land and resources left for anyone who wants to come here!” Well, sure, for how long though? Read up on Dr. Albert Bartlett to find out how far THAT train can go.

    At the same time, in a state like Massachusetts (where I live), health care issues are getting worse because we’re giving away medical care to anyone who wants it (yes, illegals and other non-resident status immigrants can get green cards and health benefits but CITIZENS OF THE STATE ARE NOW REQUIRED TO PAY FOR IT or get penalized on our annual returns to SUPPORT this crap), our tax dollars don’t go as far because the government has to take legal workers more to support a welfare state, etc. etc. Population growth is not necessarily the cause of all these problems but we could go a long way toward fixing a lot of budget issues in this country by first sustaining, then shrinking our population. We live in a globalist economy now, as leaders have sold us out, so shrinking our population isn’t an option as it seems to be a race to consume, consume, consume just to generate economic activity (more important than ever in our recession/soon-to-be-depression) and keep pace with the rest of the world. Why do you think Europe is going through the same thing with Muslim populations forcing their way into Scandinavian society? Albanians/Romanians in Italy? Sadly, we should have seen this coming from miles away.

  2. Pete Murphy says:

    FJ, I don’t believe that “shrinking our population isn’t an option” or that our path of globalization can’t be changed, or I wouldn’t have written the book. We just need to get more people tuned into the problems and solutions. Don’t despair!

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