- The greatest question facing Americans today in the arena
of legal and illegal immigration is: how many is too many? When is enough
enough? How many more of the world's poor can we handle? How are we going
to handle a line of immigrants that never ends? As they stream into our
country by the millions annually, what about our culture, language and
quality of life? What about our sustainability?
- The United States absorbs, or another term may be more
appropriate--chokes on 1.2 to 1.5 million legal immigrants annually. America
imports more immigrants than all other countries combined. For the past
forty years, this country injected itself with an enormous immigrant load
that added an additional 100 million people to America.
- Whether we like to admit it or not, this colossal human
overload created virtually every detrimental sociological, educational,
environmental and resource dilemma we face today. One look at Detroit,
Michigan with a 76 percent high school dropout rate and 50 percent illiteracy
causes exasperation to what has happened to the American Dream. Notice
the most tragic aspect of every third world country: illiteracy! It
means more Americans that educate themselves will be paying more for those
that chose illiteracy. Ironically, their numbers increase much faster
than educated Americans. Therefore, all of us will be paying more for
'their' educational folly and fecundity. As their educational levels drop,
our standard of living and quality of life drop with them.
- Take a look at California! Anyone think it will survive
its demographic situation by adding another 20 million immigrants within
30 years? California suffers $26 billion in debts, but grows by 1,700
people daily. (Source: www.capsweb.org) How about the latest figures
in the Denver Post that show 43 American states cannot pay their bills
and suffer billions in debts?
- CULTURE OF ILLITERACY AND POVERTY GROWING IN THE USA
- Within this growing and entrenched poverty and illiteracy
paradigm, the numbers explode beyond recapture. In my last column, I urged
a cap of 100,000 immigrants a year. Dozens of emails urged me to promote
a 10 year moratorium. In my book, America on the Brink: The Next Added
100 Million Americans, I DID advocate a 10 year moratorium. If we don't
stop the massive immigrant in-bleeding, we cannot hope to save our educational
systems or repair our illiteracy rates--
- That leads up to the distressing fact that 1 in 7 Americans
remains functionally illiterate:
- Illiteracy Statistics
- 42 million American adults can't read at all; 50 million
are unable to read at a higher level that is expected of a fourth grader.
- The number of adults that are classified as functionally
illiterate increases by about 2.25 million each year.
- 20 percent of high school seniors can be classified as
being functionally illiterate at the time they graduate.
- Source: National Right to Read Foundation
- Where Illiteracy Leads (2.3 million Americans in prison)
- 70 percent of prisoners in state and federal systems
can be classified as illiterate.
- 85 percent of all juvenile offenders rate as functionally
or marginally illiterate.
- 43 percent of those whose literacy skills are lowest
live in poverty.
- Source: National Institute for Literacy
- Yet, not one U.S. Senator, U.S. House rep, state governor,
mayor, President Obama or environmental organization whispers a peep about
the immigration factor! In fact, my two U.S. Senators Mark Udall and
Michael Bennet propose to double legal immigration in the approaching amnesty
- As it is today, legal and illegal immigrants pour into
America at an astounding rate of 200,000 every 30 days, month in and month
out, year in and year out.
- WHEN ENOUGH IS MORE THAN TOO MUCH
- In a brilliant interview with one of America's foremost
leaders on the immigration equation, Dr. John Tantonwww.thesocialcontract.com ,
you may visit one of 23 five minute interviews by George Colburn as he
speaks to Dr. Tanton: http://www.johntanton.org/video/jt_video_2006_7.html .
- Dr. Tanton asks:
- 1. How many people should we admit?
- 2. Who gets the 70 different visas to
enter the United States?
- 3. Who enforces their exit from the
- Having watched all 23 of these highly educational video
tapes, I felt a greater understanding of our dilemma. Obviously, we average
Americans ignore our accelerating predicament as long as water falls from
the tap and our cars enjoy ample gas and our heaters come on in the winter
to keep our homes warm. But, our 'land of plenty' will not persist with
- Dr. Tanton notes, "We cannot continue to solve carrying
capacity issues by moving people and resources around the globe - we need
to recognize the finiteness of resources and adapt our lifestyle to one
that can be sustained over the millennia.
- "In summary, fellow citizens need to "buck
up" and take up the discussion about mass immigration. It is time
to give up the name-calling, try to find the facts as they are, try to
be concerned about future generations, and try to make legitimate projections.
We must acknowledge that most people are going to have to bloom where they
are planted - there is simply not the carrying capacity to move tens and
hundreds of millions of people around the globe and still have any sort
of survivable lifestyle."
- In a recent interview with Michael Cutler, former ICE
agent, he said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport." I concur.
If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse
to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the immigration
equation-our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded
America where the American Dream will be described by the history books
as a 'fleeting fantasy' from the era of 1950 to 2010. Again, take collective
action at www.numbersusa.com ; www.fairus.org ; www.capsweb.org ;
- www.thesocialcontract.com www.alipac.us ; and
dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.
- To take action: First and foremost, join www.numbersusa.com and
become one of nearly a million Americans making impact with pre-written
faxes and phone calls to change immigration policies toward a stable future.
Bi-partisan and highly effective!