By Mark S. Minott
The world has gone through a revolution and it has changed a lot. We
have cut the death rates around the world with modern medicine and new farming
methods. For example, we sprayed to destroy mosquitoes in Sri Lanka in the
1950s. In one year, the average life of everyone in Sri Lanka was extended by
eight years because the number of people dying from malaria suddenly declined.
This was a great human achievement. But we cut the death rate without
cutting the birth rate. Now population is soaring. There were about one
billion people living in the world when the Statue of Liberty was built. There
are 4.5 billion today. World population is growing at an enormous rate. The
world is going to add a billion people in the next eleven years, that’s 224,000
every day! Experts say there will be at least 1.65 billion more people living
in the world in the next twenty years.
We must understand what these numbers mean for the U.S. Let’s look at
the question of jobs. The International Labor organization projects a twenty-
year increase of 600 to 700 million people who will be seeking jobs.
Eighty-eight percent of the world’s population growth takes place in the
Third World. More than a billion people today are paid about 150 dollars a year,
which is less than the average American earns in a week. And growing numbers of
these poorly paid Third World citizens want to come to the United States.
In the 1970s, all other countries that accept immigrants started
controlling the number of people they would allow into their countries. The
United States did not. This means that the huge numbers of immigrants who are
turned down elsewhere will turn to the United States.
The number of immigrants is staggering. The human suffering they
represent is a nightmare.
Latin America’s population is now 390 million people. It will be 800
million in the year 2025. Mexico’s population has tripled since the Second
World War. One third of the population of Mexico is under ten years of age, as
a result, in just ten years, Mexico’s unemployment rate will increase 30 percent,
as these children become young adults, in search of work. There were in 1990 an
estimated four million illegal aliens in the United States, and about 55 percent
of them were from Mexico.
These people look to the United States. Human population has always
moved, like waves, to fresh lands. But for the first time in human history,
there are no fresh lands, no new continents. We will have to think and decide
with great care what our policy should be toward immigration. At this point in
history, American immigration policies are in a mess.
Our borders are totally out of control. Our border patrol arrests 3000
illegal immigrants per day, or 1.2 million per year, and Two illegal immigrants
get in for every one caught. And those caught just try again!
More than 1 million people are entering the U.S. legally every year.
From 1983 through 1992, 8.7 million of these newcomers arrived — the highest
number in any 10-year period since 1910. A record 1.8 million were granted
permanent residence in 1991. Because present law stresses family unification,
these arrivals can bring over their spouses, sons and daughters: some 3.5
million are now in line to come in. Once here, they can bring in their direct
relatives. As a result, there exists no visible limit to the number of legal
Until a few years ago, immigrants seeking asylum were rare. In 1975, a
total of 200 applications were received in the U.S. Suddenly, asylum is the
plea of choice in the U.S., and around the world, often as a cover for economic
migration. U.S. applications were up to 103,000 last year, and the backlog tops
300,000 cases. Under the present asylum rules, practically anyone who declares
that he or she is fleeing political oppression has a good chance to enter the
U.S. Chinese are almost always admitted, for example, if they claim that China’s
birth-control policies have limited the number of children they can have.
Right now, once aliens enter the U.S., it is almost impossible to deport
them, even if they have no valid documents. Thousands of those who enter
illegally request asylum only if they are caught. The review process can take 10
years or more, and applicants often simply disappear while it is under way.
Asylum cases are piling up faster than they can be cleared, with the Immigration
and Naturalization Service falling farther behind every year. At her
confirmation hearings at the end of September, Doris Meissner, Clinton’s nominee
as commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Services, conceded, ‘The
asylum system is broken, and we need to fix it.”
Adding the numbers of legal and illegal immigrants, 50 percent of all
U.S. population growth comes from immigration. While Americans try to have
smaller families, immigration threatens our nation. If immigration rates
continue to be this high, more than seventy million people will be added to the
United States population in just fifty years, with no end in sight. We are
taking in more people than all of the rest of the world combined. As have all
the other countries of the word, America needs to control its borders. As every
house needs a door, so every country needs a border. And yet, our borders are
full of holes. We have clearly lost control over our future. Our children will
pay the price of uncontrolled immigration.
The United States is no longer an empty continent. In 1886, when the
Statue of Liberty was built, there were 58 million people in the United States.
In 1984 there were 240 million people, that’s four times the total population in
less then a century
The U.S. cannot and should not be the home of last resort for all the
world s poor, huddled masses. We are not doing a good job with our own poor, as
we see more people without jobs.
Supporters of immigration use many arguments to support their side.
Let’s look at a few of these arguments: Illegal immigrants take jobs no
Americans want. The fact is that the average illegal immigrant arrested in
Denver, Colorado, made more than seven dollars an hour. Many were making over
100 dollars per day. Denver identified 43 illegal aliens making 100 dollars per
day as roofers, while 438 people were registered in their employment services
who would have loved those jobs. The average illegal immigrant arrested in
Chicago makes $5.65 an hour. More than thirty million American workers make
less than that.
A common belief is that aliens fulfill many of the least desirable jobs.
However, most experts agree that in today’s economy, there is no shortage of
Americans competing for many of these same jobs. Actually, many Americans
already work in these low-paying jobs. For example: the poor black woman, who
works as a seamstress, Her boss asked her to train a new employee, an illegal
immigrant. As soon as she finished training her new charge, she was fired. Her
position, of course, went to the illegal immigrant, who was willing to work for
less pay, and under deplorable working conditions. This is one example of how
illegal workers depress wages, and slow, stall or prevent unionization or
improvements to working conditions.
Another myth cited by supporters of immigration is that illegal
immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and do not go on welfare. The sad truth is
that these folks seem to learn the ropes of the welfare system with incredible
Today’s illegal immigrants apply for and receive benefits from the
government that citizens need. According to Donald L. Huddle, an economist at
Rice University in Texas, legal and illegal immigrants cost the nation a net
42.5 billion dollars in 1992. The Huddle study also found that in 1992, more
than 2 million Americans were displaced from their jobs by illegal immigrants.
This resulted in an additional 11.9 billion dollars in public assistance.
In California alone, they cost more than 18 billion dollars a year.
California currently has an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants now attending
grades’ 0-12. This will costs the California tax payers an estimated 1.5
billion dollars. This is 10 percent of the students currently enrolled in our
elementary schools today! California has 49.8 percent of the countries illegal
aliens, therefore, California pays multiple costs for its leaky borders.
Providing health care for illegal immigrants costs California tax payers
400 million dollars annually. Illegals drain about two billion dollars a year
for incarceration, schooling and Medicaid from the budgets of such major
destination states as Texas, Florida and California. For California alone, a
1993 study by the California Legislature estimates criminal justice costs
involving illegal immigrants to be 385 million dollars to the state, with an
additional 112 million dollars to local or county government. This is a total
cost of 497 million dollars, paid by the California tax payer, each and every
Illinois did a study showing that it paid 66 million dollars in
unemployment benefits to illegal immigrants in one year, despite a law that was
supposed to stop illegal immigrants from getting unemployment benefits. Los
Angeles estimates that it spends 269 million dollars in social services on
illegal immigrants each year. Every person added to our population drains our
natural resources and contributes to the destruction of our environment.
In a Pulitzer-Prize-winning study, the Des Moines Register found that
for every person added to our population, 1.5 acres of the richest farm land
goes out of production to make way for new houses, roads, and shopping centers.
If this continues, the United States will stop shipping food to other countries
shortly after the year 2000. How can the United States feed the hungry people
of the world?
The national majority now says it favors cutting back on legal
immigration. A TIME/CNN poll determined last week that 77 percent of those
surveyed felt the government was not doing enough to keep out illegal immigrants.
For years now, the battle has raged between the federal authorities who are
supposed to police the borders and the states who pay the price if they fail.
In an attempt to reduce illegal immigration, Nevada Senator Harry Reid,
has introduced a bill that would establish an annual limit of 300,000 newcomers,
including ‘immediate relatives,” and a national identification card. Congress
passed legislation in 1986 that stipulates fines and other penalties for
employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. The bill includes provisions to
grant amnesty to illegal aliens who were in the United States prior to January
1, 1982, and to aid farmers who have relied on illegal aliens to harvest their
Does anyone benefit from the rising tide of illegal immigration?
Businesses that can profit from employing illegals at low wages do. And many
illegals are better off here than in their own countries. But many others are
exploited by dishonest employers and are treated like slaves. These immigrants
are denied the rights and privileges we want every person in the United States
In closing, we must all realize this issue will not go away. Other
generations of Americans made great sacrifices so that we today can enjoy the
freedom, the quality of life, and the standard of living that we have. When I
think of what uncontrolled immigration will do to the dreams of my parents and
grandparents, what it will mean to the future of my children, I realize that we
will find a way to control immigration. Because we must.
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(These listings are in order of their importance, in category.)
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Bonnie Szumski & JoAnne Buggey, Ph.D.
College of Education, University of ‘Minnesota
(Greenhaven Press 1989)
David Bender & Bruno Leone, Series Editors
William Dudley, Book Editor
(Greenhaven Press 1990)
“The Essential Immigrant”
(Hippocrene Books 1990)
Kelly C. Anderson
(Lucent Books 1993)
“Immigration-A pictorial History of”
(Crown Publishers 1972)
“Immigrants, Refugees, and U.S. Policy”
Grant S McClellan
(H. W. Wilson Company 1981)
“Immigration and Illegal Aliens”
Mark A. Siegel, M.A., Ph.D.
Nancy R. Jacobs, B.A., M.A.
Patricia A. Von Brook, B.A., M.S.
(Information Plus 1989)
Newsprint Articles examined from the following publications:
Des Moines Register
Los Angeles Times
Orange County Register
America On Line
Numerous Articles were reviewed. A word search was performed on the system,
using the keywords:
All Articles Were Transmitted Within The Past 8 Months
Donald L. Huddle Economist, Rice University: Texas
Doris Meissner (Clinton’s nominee as Commissioner of the INS)
Immigration & Americas Future
Immigration & Americas Future