October 17, 2006, - 5:01 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A lot of media have been touting the 300,000,000 population mark allegedly reached this morning. Supposedly conservative New York Times columnist John Tierney writes, “This morning, when the 300 millionth American is born . . . .” American? Born here? Or snuck here as an adult illegal alien over the border, some time ago?
Tierney’s entire set of premises is faulty. In fact, we don’t know when that 300 million mark was reached, and it may have happened long ago.
That’s because we really don’t know how many illegal aliens have slipped into our borders, never to be found again. And that’s why, in July, I wrote that the 300 million mark is a cause for dismay, NOT celebration. Hundreds of the estimated 2,800 immigrants who come here each day are illegals.
My friend, Dan Stein (of the Federation for American Immigration Reform–FAIR), wrote an excellent op-ed in USA Today that sums it up. Here’s an excerpt:
Thirty years ago, the Rockefeller Commission could find no benefit from further increases in the size of the U.S. population. In 2006, it is hard to see how the massive government-mandated population growth of the past 30 years has improved life for most Americans. The addition of a staggering 100 million people since the late 1960s has accelerated virtually every environmental problem, exacerbated resource depletion, contributed to sprawl and congestion, and strained nearly all public services.
Many of our nation’s opinion elite now seem intent on further acceleration. The Senate recently approved an illegal alien amnesty and immigration increase that would have resulted in at least 66 million new immigrants arriving in the USA in the next 20 years – and we’d hit a billion people before 2100. This is insane, and only a massive public outcry and strong opposition in the House prevented this from occurring.
Our population future is entirely within our power to determine. Just as the government has mandated soaring overcrowding and congestion in the past several decades, it has the power to slow population growth by curtailing immigration and enforcing laws against illegal immigration.
Dan’s blog is a daily must read for those who want to take back our country.
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