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Letter: U.S. should close borders to legal and illegal immigration

Published on October 30, 2017 2:14PM


We have a crisis in the U.S. that is not being discussed in the press. This has to do with the rapid increase in immigration. It’s important to note I mean “legal” immigration where people actually go through the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The Center For Immigration Studies’ recent report is alarming, and no one seems to be discussing it.

We gained 1.5 million immigrants in 2014 and added 914,000 just in the first six months of 2015. As of September 2017 the U.S. had 43.7 million immigrants (this does include illegal immigrants). That is an increase of 3.8 million since 2010, and up 12.6 million since 2000. One in five U.S. citizens are now immigrants.

The USA population will be 438 million by 2050. It was 286 million in 2005. Eighty-two percent of this increase will be due to “legal” immigration. The entire country will be drastically different by then as it attempts to adjust to this huge increase. Keep in mind, once again, this does not account for the “illegal” immigration, which has added at least 11 million to our population in recent times.

Just imagine the burden that will be placed on agriculture, the need for clean water, the huge increase in housing required, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, sewage treatment, air quality — the list goes on and on and on.

Do you enjoy the clean air, wildlife, fishing or your national parks? You can forget those as they will be converted to mobile home parks by then. Do you enjoy the wide open spaces in our national forests? Those will be malls and high rise apartments crowded next to each other by then.

It is not popular to say, but in addition to controlling “illegal” immigration, we have to do something to slow down legal immigration as well. The desire for people around the world to have a better life and escape poverty, poor diets, lack of freedoms, etc., is understandable.

But everything has to have a limit. The U.S. just can not continue to absorb this huge increase in humanity forever. The U.S. simply does not owe every immigrant who wants to come here the right to move in, even if they are legal. Are we really willing to leave this unsustainable burden to our kids and grandkids?

David Burns

Pendleton



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