Christian Science Monitor Endorses Immigration Cuts

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0528/p09s01-coop.html

When a respected publication like the Christian Science Monitor calls for cuts in immigration to slow population growth, it may be time for the administration to sit up and take notice.  

President Obama has encouraged Americans to start laying a new foundation for the country – on a number of fronts. He has stressed that we’ll need to have the courage to make some hard choices. One of those hard choices is how to handle immigration. The US must get serious about the tide of legal and illegal immigrants, above all from Latin America.It’s not just a short-run issue of immigrants competing with citizens for jobs as unemployment approaches 10 percent or the number of uninsured straining the quality of healthcare. Heavy immigration from Latin America threatens our cohesiveness as a nation.

The political realities of the rapidly growing Latino population are such that Mr. Obama may be the last president who can avert the permanent, vast underclass implied by the current Census Bureau projection for 2050.

… Population growth is the principal threat to the environment via natural resource use, sprawl, and pollution. And population growth is fueled chiefly by immigration.

It’s no mystery why the U.S. continues to import people at an alarming rate. Our nation’s leaders take their cues from economists who continue to see population growth as the main driver of economic growth, blind to the relationship between excessive population densities and unemployment and hoping that no one will ask what happens when such a policy inevitably fails, since never-ending population growth is a physical impossibility.  More people means more customers, more sales volume, more corporate profits and – yes- more jobs.  But no one stops to consider whether the growth in jobs keeps pace with the growth in population, resulting in rising unemployment and poverty.  

The Christian Science Monitor can hardly be faulted for not including in their reasoning the cancerous effects upon the economy of a worsening population density, since my fledgling theory has yet to gain widespread acceptance.  It would have been nice if they had also pointed out that rampant population growth also makes the challenges of breaking our dependence on foreign oil and cutting greenhouse gas emissions nearly impossible.  But it’s refreshing that more and more mainstream media are awakening to the perils of our preposterous immigration policies.  

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7 Responses to Christian Science Monitor Endorses Immigration Cuts

  1. Randy says:

    Overpopulation is a boon for the financial elite because it allows them to export inflation in the form of wage destruction and then crow about what a great job they are doing controlling inflation. Central bankers are inflation fighters, you know…ha ha.

  2. Robert says:

    Pete,

    I suspect President Obama will be worse on enforcing our current immigration laws then even President Bush. Here’s a quote from Numbers USA,
    “For the third time, the Obama administration has postponed the implementation of former President Bush’s executive order requiring all federal contractors to use the E-Verify employment verification system. This is the fourth time the executive order’s implementation has been postponed (President Bush postponed its implementation pending the outcome of a lawsuit and the Obama administration postponed its implementation in January and again in April). It is clear that the Obama administration is trying to prevent this executive order from going into effect, thereby protecting illegal alien workers and preventing unemployed Americans from finding jobs.”

    I am losing all hope for any sensible government actions when it comes to limiting immigration. The only time we will get any constructive action is when the economy completely collapses.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      I’m not sure we’d get any sensible immigration policy even then, Robert. It’s just as likely the government would turn to increasing immigration to try to pump up economic growth. Until economists understand the harmful economic effects of overpopulation, it’ll continue unabated.

  3. mtnmike says:

    The news today is, “Obama continues immigration talks with Cuba.” Obama ran on a platform of amnesty for illegals and a program that would make it easier to enter the U.S. legally. A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.

  4. Robert says:

    Pete,

    Have you had a chance to speak with any well known economist about your theory? Perhaps with a review of your book and a new issuance of it with the endorsements of a few well known economist it would help spread the word and maybe start to get accepted into mainstream thought.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      I have spoken to some, but no ringing endorsements yet. In a couple of cases, the response was entirely predictable – as soon as they heard the word “overpopulation,” I was instantly dismissed as a “Malthusian.” Economists are tough nuts to crack. For them, the endorsement of any theory that has a problem with population growth could be a career-ending move. But I keep trying to find one with an open mind.

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