Those of you who follow this blog, the purpose of which is to warn of the consequences of the inverse relationship between population growth (beyond a critical point) and per capita consumption – specifically, worsening unemployment and poverty, know that I am opposed to high rates of immigration. Immigration accounts for the lion’s share of population growth in the U.S., half of which is illegal immigration. It’s estimated that as many as 25% of all residents in America are foreign-born.
There are many categories of immigrants, including family-sponsored preferences, employment preferences, diversity immigrants, relatives of U.S. citizens, students, temporary workers, asylum seekers and refugees. The last two categories are similar, except that asylum seekers are already in the U.S. (often as a result of illegal immigration), while refugees are people who have already escaped their home country to another, but now seek to immigrate to the U.S.
Ukrainian refugees fall under this last category. They have already fled the war in Ukraine, arriving in bordering countries which are now overwhelmed by the sheer number, now approaching four million and climbing daily, expected to reach as many as ten million.
The refugee category has been abused for decades. Most who have been granted refugee status are merely economic refugees, fleeing poverty and/or high crime rates in their home country, and not an actual war. However, the Ukrainian refugees are different. They’re peaceful people who must now flee bombs and missiles that fall all about them, and some don’t survive the journey. Horrible atrocities have been committed against them.
President Biden announced today that up to 100,000 of these refugees will be admitted to the U.S. That isn’t nearly enough. Poland, a nation 1/25th the size of the U.S., has taken in 25 times that number. Even tiny Moldova has taken in more that that. To do its fair share, the U.S. should be willing to admit at least 500,000. Given the timidity of our response to Ukraine’s pleas for help, it seems the least we can do. That number could easily be offset in less than a year by cutting illegal immigration. These are people who despise Putin and see him and Russia as their mortal enemies. Frankly, we need more people like that in the U.S. as opposed to those willing to accommodate Putin just to make a few bucks.