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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2007 10:00 pm | Updated: 11:18 am, Thu Jul 22, 2010.

During the passionate arguments this summer about immigration and whether or not amnesty should be granted to illegal aliens, one subject was lost in the din. Few mentioned the impact that immigration has on America's population.

Proponents of more immigration claim that businesses, workers and consumers benefit. Those opposed counter that mass immigration creates sprawl, congestion and a diminished quality of life.

But whichever camp you align yourself with, both sides agree with the obvious - that more immigration means a larger population.

The non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank focusing exclusively on immigration's impact on the U.S., has issued a new report by Steven Camarota titled "100 Million More: Projecting the Impact of Immigration on the U.S. Population, 2007-2060."

Using Census Bureau data as its source, the report found that:

• Currently, 1.6 million legal and illegal immigrants settle in the country annually; 350,000 immigrants leave each year, resulting in net immigration of 1.25 million.

• If immigration continues at current levels, the nation's population will increase from 301 million today to 468 million in 2060 - a 167 million (56 percent) increase. Immigrants plus their descendants will account for 105 million (63 percent) of the increase.

• The total projected growth of 167 million is equal to the combined populations of Great Britain, France, and Spain. The 105 million from immigration by itself is equal to 13 additional New York Cities. Or the current population of Mexico.

But if the annual level of net immigration were reduced to 300,000, future immigration would add 25 million people to the population by 2060, 80 million fewer than the current immigration level adds.

However, since net immigration has been increasing for five decades, only an immediate and sharp decrease would significantly affect population levels.

Some analysts predict that continued high levels of immigration will revitalize what they say is an aging population base.

But in an interview with Camarota, he told me that immigration has only a small effect on slowing the aging of American society.

As detailed in the report, if the current level of net immigration is sustained (1.25 million a year), 61 percent of the nation's population will be of working age (15-66) in 2060, compared to 60 percent if net immigration were reduced to 300,000 a year.

And if net immigration were doubled to 2.5 million a year it would raise the working-age share of the population by one additional percentage point, to 62 percent, by 2060. But at that level of immigration, the U.S. population would reach 573 million, double its size in the 2000 Census.

The report's findings are based on the Census Bureau's middle range assumptions about future birth and death rates, including a decline in the birth rate for Hispanics, who comprise the largest share of immigrants.

What gets lost in the immigration debate is that if immigrants come to America for a better life, which they obviously do, in the process they become consumers of social services, cars and parking spaces, hospital beds, water and classroom seats.

When population increases, America's ecological footprint - the human demand on nature's resources - is negatively impacted.

The enormous population increases projected by the CIS report have different implications depending on where you live. If you reside in the already overcrowded urban areas of Los Angeles or San Francisco, little land is available for more building.

But if you live in the San Joaquin Valley, then vast amounts of agricultural land would be lost as more homes are built for the expanded populace. Lodi's population, based on the report, will increase from today's 60,000 to 94,000 in 2060.

Sustainable growth is a vitally important goal that should be included in any discussion about immigration.

Of the four variables that effect population growth - immigration, migration, births and deaths - only immigration can be controlled, assuming a vigorous federal policy existed to limit the numbers of people arriving.

Politicians find discussions about immigration restriction distasteful. But if manageable growth is a goal, sensible immigration policies must be developed and followed.

Joe Guzzardi has been active in population issues for more than 20 years. Reach him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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32 comments:

  • posted at 1:31 pm on Sun, Sep 16, 2007.

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    Better get on the phone and call your senator Bwcause they are going to try and slide the dream act on us now it is up for vote this week
    www.numbersusa.com Register and you can go to the bottom right of the page and they will fax your letters for free to all your officials

     
  • posted at 10:52 pm on Sat, Sep 15, 2007.

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    I agree with S & W 500. I too am sick of seeing able bodied men at Safeway with 1) Food Stamps, 2) Tying up the lines while deciding which phone card to buy, 3) His mamacita is knocked up with 2 "anchors" running amok in the store, and leaving in a brand new Silverado with Mexican flag decals in the rear slider. I'm completely fed up, disgusted and contemptful about it.

     
  • posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Sep 14, 2007.

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    Too bad candidates like Teddy Roosevelt no longer exist.

     
  • posted at 12:11 pm on Fri, Sep 14, 2007.

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    Wow! This subject really touches a nerve among us. From my perspective the problem will never go away until world population is brought under control. As long as people multiply faster than the food supply, there will be immigration to those places where food and jobs are available. It can't be stopped!

    Certainly reasonable (whatever that is) steps need to be taken to secure out borders. However, the real threat is world population and that needs to be addressed by the churches as well as governments.

     
  • posted at 1:02 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2007.

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    I am sick of seeing "able bodied" humans receiving WIC, and other government funds at the grocery store when they have: 1) Cell Phones (a luxury), 2) Platinum Visas, 3) Nicer clothes than I have, 4) A bun in the oven, 2 walking, and one in a stroller, and 5) driving away in a late model SUV with $2,000.00 rims.

    These are reasons to despise these MILKERS of our society, which is whirling down a Kohler Toilet, if WE do not stop it!

    Write The President, The Governor, The Senate, The Assembly, and your local City Council.

     
  • posted at 4:37 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2007.

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    Those were my two-cents worth. t&c

     
  • posted at 4:37 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2007.

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    That was my blog, I forgot to "sign in". Just where is the minority representation in this city council? I guess they consider JoAnne and Susie minority because they're female, right? Isn't that the way government works?

     
  • posted at 4:33 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2007.

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    The city of Lodi is afraid of the Mexican and Pakistani population of this town. The mexicans ILLEGALS are their primary cheap work force and the Pakistani community strikes fear and loathing amongst the GOB's, who are afraid that there might possibly be someone more powerful and wealthy than they are. Why do you think city council lets their area remain a cesspool of Lodians. What a shame. They need representation on the council, too, not just all the affluent white folks.

     
  • posted at 2:23 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2007.

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    Condoms, sterilizations, and "the morning-after-pill" in the drinking water is the only way to control our population.

    Immigrants listen to their church, and are pumping out too many kids. Time to fine them for having kids. Fine the church too.

    If YOU CAN NOT FEED THEM, DO NOT BREED THEM, unless they are 18 and can wash my car, mow my lawn, clean my house, and pick up big dog poop. I am tired of paying for these TURDS!!!!

    Catholic Church: "Fornicatio" with young kids, where art thou? Clean Up Shop!!!!

     
  • posted at 9:09 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2007.

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    GovAgent: I think the best of all is a person of passion/emotion that "thinks" as well! :-)

     
  • posted at 7:07 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2007.

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    GovAgent: Welcome to the club.

     
  • posted at 12:23 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2007.

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    If you want to post under my name whatever! People that read my posy know that I am a person who really cares about this country and go on facts not feelings. All the Democrats do is get your emotions going, they dont want you to be a thinker! They just want you to be a tinker! Think for yourselves! research! dont let your emotion control you! Dont be a puppet! Be strong, be a proud American! Lets make a change! Hold the government accountable! They are responsible for what happened because of not doing their job!

     
  • posted at 12:33 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    The 14th amendment was not ratified, constitutionally. The Radical Republicans threw out the constitutionally elected congressmen, using the army, and put in Congressmen, without being elected. These "handpicked" men ratified the 14th amendment. The original writers of the 14th only intended on covering former slaves and their childern. That's all.

     
  • posted at 7:31 am on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    All illegals should be sent back to Mexico, or wherever they come from. They should be forced to become American citizens before living here. I do have sympothy for any children involved, but we need to take care of Americans first. After we (US) become a safer better place, then we should worry about Mexico. I grew up and schooled with illegals. Many of them are great people. Then on the other end, I knew several I went to school with sinse first grade and when we graduated highschool, they still could not speak english, and they were happy.

     
  • posted at 6:41 am on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    You are scaring me, please stop! If you do not like America, change it or go to another country!

     
  • posted at 1:27 am on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    JOBS(per Center for Immigration Studies-September 2006):Between 2000&2005, 4.1 million immigrant workers arrived in the U.S., accounting for 86% of the net increase in the total number of employed persons (16&older),the highest share ever recorded in the U.S. Of the 4.1 million, between 1.4 and 2.7 million are estimated to be illegal aliens. Also, between 2000 and 2005, the number of young (16 to 34) native-born men employed declined by 1.7 million - at the same time, the number of new male immigrant workers increased by 1.9 million. [Do you still believe the gov't employment rate stats?]

     
  • posted at 1:24 am on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    EMPLOYER PROFITS;The estimated profit to U.S. corporations and businesses employing illegal aliens in 2005 was more than 2.36 trillion.TAXES; 62% of all "undocumented immigrants" in the U.S. are working for cash and not paying taxes, predominantly illegal aliens are working without a green card. The cost of immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997(last known calculation by Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University) was a NET(after subtracting taxes immigrants pay),$70 Billion per year.[What are the 2006/2007 costs?.

     
  • posted at 1:19 am on Tue, Sep 11, 2007.

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    After WWII we send back mexicans. before they took jobs as to help support the war. We rounded them up and gave them each $200 and took them by the bus loads back to mexico. The United States is giving billions of dollars to Mexico every year, supporting them. That is our tax payer money! Are you tired of this reckless spending for nothing? Mexican Government is not being held accountable, the money we give is going to the rich! I say we REVOLT! REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET OUR GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN!

     
  • posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    You can go to YOU TUBE and type in MS-13 in search and find out a lot about some illegals coming from south of the border. Some do not come here with good intentions.

     
  • posted at 11:27 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    Congress has no intentions of securing the borders.

     
  • posted at 10:54 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    There's a lot of illegal activity tied to illegals. If these folks aren't here legally then how are we to keep law and order in the US? Undocumented illegals that commit crimes here can, and do, run rampant among us. Yes, there're some good people...(of course!!!)...that migrate to the US and work their tails off for a better life with their families. BUT can't everyone admit that there're huge numbers of illegal immigrants that cause havoc and mayhem? And they know they are sort of invisible as they are here illegally and slink back into the shadows.

     
  • posted at 9:47 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    I think immigration can be a good thing, but it must be closely monitered. First of all it must be by legal means. They must agree to work (no welfare), speak english, and take American history courses. Also each immigrant should be closely monitered for a while, to ensure they are being good citizens. Also the amount of immigrants must be limited.

     
  • posted at 5:21 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)

    "Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned".
    Yet Illegals with visas expired remain in America or repeatedly return and hide! Mexico puts violators in prison so America should do the same!

     
  • posted at 5:19 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says, "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)
    Source: http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_17742.shtml
    I am tired of illegals demanding amnesty. Invade mexico and it is prison. The same should hold true for America.

     
  • posted at 5:06 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." Theodore Roosevelt 1907

     
  • posted at 5:04 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all".

     
  • posted at 2:44 am on Mon, Sep 10, 2007.

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    Look around, criminals and illegal aliens (also criminal)from Mexico (Is that crminal squared?) have moved here. Their Paracaidista brothers have also hitched up wiith them. So now the B'blight" of east Lodi can be explained. It is yet one more colonia transplanted from Mexico to the USA. These people don't want to be Americans, they sre just looking for freebies and anything they can steal before moving on and destroying more towns.

     
  • posted at 11:53 pm on Sun, Sep 9, 2007.

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    HOUSING; 300,000 plus illegal aliens in Los Angeles Country are living in garages. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties in the United States are illegal aliens.SOCIAL SERVICES; 43% of all Food Stamps issued are to illegal aliens. 41% of all Unemployment Checks in the United States are to illegal aliens. 58% of all Welfare payments in the United States are issued to illegal aliens. Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking crops but 41% are on welfare.

     
  • posted at 11:52 pm on Sun, Sep 9, 2007.

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    BIRTHS; 380,000 Plus "ANCHOR BABIES" were born in the U.S. in 2005 to ILLEGAL ALIEN PARENTS, making 380,000 babies automatically U.S. Citizens 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid for by American taxpayers. 66% OF all births in California are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid by taxpayers.

     
  • posted at 11:48 am on Sun, Sep 9, 2007.

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    Proud Mexican citizens in Mexico want to solve their tremendous social problems, by encouraging that the lowest segment of their culture emigrate. Many criminals emigrate to more fertile pickings in the USA, and the underclass of Paracaidistas, literally parachuters, who grab any property they find and try to take it over are departing, but not fast enough. The first structure built during home construction, is not the house, but a broken glass and spike topped concrete block wall erected to keep these people out.

     
  • posted at 6:10 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2007.

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    What about all the meth that is being transported across the border also? They bring this poison, and some want to give them amnesty? I say not amnesty, jail!

     
  • posted at 12:25 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2007.

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    ILLEGAL ALIEN "CONTRIBUTIONS" TO THE U.S.2006 (First Quarter) INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants:CRIME; 95% of Warrants in LOS ANGELES are for ILLEGAL ALIENS. 83% of Warrants for MURDER in Phoenix Arizona are FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. 86% of Warrants for MURDER in Albuquerque New Mexico are for ILLEGAL ALIENS. 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Albuquerque are ILLEGAL ALIENS. 24.9% OF ALL INMATES in California detention centers are Mexican Nationals here ILLEGALLY. . 29% (630,000) Convicted ILLEGAL ALIENS felons fill our state and federal prisons at the cost of $1.5 billion Annually.

     

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