Forgotten on Earth Day: Four Ways Mass Immigration Affects Our Environment

Forgotten on Earth Day: Four Ways Mass Immigration Affects Our Environment“The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become…in this country, it’s phony to say ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'” – Gaylord Nelson, Former Senator and Governor of Wisconsin, Founder of Earth Day

Today, people across the world will commemorate Earth Day, taking a moment out of their busy lives to consider what we can do to maintain and improve the health of our environment.

One consideration often lost on U.S. policy makers and even environmental activists is the effect of mass immigration on our natural resources and quality of life. Massive immigration, in excess of 1 million legal permanent residents and tens of thousands of temporary foreign workers every year, has led to an explosion in U.S. population and detrimental effects on our environment.

  1. Urban Sprawl80% of U.S. population growth can be attributed to immigration. This population boom has necessitated housing to be built further away from economic centers and increased land costs. The result: longer commutes, higher costs of living, and encroachment on farmland and wildlife habitats.
  2. Traffic Congestion – Feel like you’re spending more time in the car these days? There are not only more people on the road, but families are also relocating further away from jobs to find affordable housing. As competition for housing and the number of cars on the road increase due to population growth, Americans are driving more – adding more pollution and frustration to our daily lives.
  3. Freshwater Consumption – Americans are constantly encouraged to conserve water, however population growth has cancelled out all the gains in conservation and is resulting in an overall rate of use that continues to put a severe strain on the nation’s water supply.
  4. Erosion of Natural Resources – Mass immigration and population growth leads to increased consumption of natural resources. In addition to the depletion of the water supply, energy resources and food are not infinite in the U.S. Continually admitting over 1 million immigrants a year threatens access to these resources for everyone, particularly low wage workers whose jobs are already at risk because of the inflow of cheaper workers from abroad.

Billions of dollars are at stake for the profiteers of mass immigration. From saving money by employing cheap foreign labor to building new homes, corporations are eager to put the interests of their business before Americans and the environment. And, their money talks in Washington.

There is some good news. We have the tools to control the effect mass illegal and legal immigration has on our environment and our daily lives. By efficiently eliminating illegal immigration and limiting legal immigration to a more sustainable level, the U.S. would be able to ensure Americans have access to jobs, natural resources, and a healthy life. That’s the American dream.

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Content written by Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.


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    Mass Legalization Is Unsustainable on

    Any mention of the obvious effects of mass immigration on the environment will be met with an attack on the messenger since the message is irrefutable. The open border lobby has used the phrase “The Greening of Hate.”

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    Thank God, an article that talks about the big picture. I’m sick and tired of illegal immigration articles and discussions. Unless and until we reduce LEGAL immigration, it’s pointless to worry about illegal immigration.

    Illegal immigration is a symptom of a horribly ill-conceived “system” of massive legal immigration.

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    Our already high immigration levels will be dwarfed should the “reform” bill be passed. And our population increases of 25 to 30 million per decade would further increase by 50% or more. We could stop immigration cold and our population would still gradually increase for the next couple decades. It’s indicative of the dishonesty of so many on the other side who try to claim immigration has nothing to do with our population increase. But then what don’t they lie about? Our “record” deportations that are a result of adding in the border crossers who were never counted before? The record numbers that this president called “a little deceptive”. But the media pretends those statements don’t exist.