URGENT ACTION ALERTS
Surmounting Mass Immigration's Attack on Our Conservation Culture
BALANCE and our ASAP! Coalition Allies have documented the Immense Net Costs of Mass Legal Immigration, e.g. $758 Million per year NET (of Taxes immigrants pay) per Congressional District.
But perhaps an even greater “Cost”, not publicized until this Alert, is Mass Legal Immigration’s Cost to the USA’s Environmental Preservation Culture.
Americans value the natural environment to a degree unknown in much of the world. We value open space, wilderness, clean air and water, and healthfulness. In part, this reverence for the environment is learned, and in part the opportunity for reformation and conservation is an unearned blessing; one that should not be squandered.
The East had its fling with deforestation, which resulted in most of its lands becoming devoid of ancient timber. In the 1870s, the US faced a fuel-wood and timber shortage. The Southwest had its time of plowing land that should forever have remained grassland. Time, drought, and wind punished these transgressions (cf, e.g., the Dust Bowl of the 1930s — resulting in the Migration of Many Oklahomans to California causing Oklahoma Cherokee Genius, Will Rogers, to comment “It raised the IQ in both states”!), and Americans learned. The generational process that resulted in a conservation ethic cannot be taught overnight. In the U.S., the conservation ethic was painfully learned.
The good fortune of rich resources and a lightly populated country ¾ we fought and won World War II with 135 million people — gave Americans a second chance. We could restore and conserve, and we did! What Americans learned cannot be conveyed overnight to those coming into this country from vastly different cultures.
Consider the Chinese land shortage of generations — described as China’s “Population longage”. Tilling or building lot line to lot line is ingrained behavior, remarked upon by longtime Vancouver residents for example, where recent Chinese immigrants have replaced well-shaded Victorian houses with brick and stone concrete mansions.
And similarly, the Egyptian experience where feuds over the ditch-land that separates two or three acre tilled plots can become generational. Newcomers bring with them images of crowding and degradation, leading them to see relatively open United States acres as virgin land ripe for exploitation.
We Americans know that exploitation to the hilt has been tried here and that the plenty available in fallow or second growth land is an illusion. Valued species inhabit every inch. Unspoiled watersheds collect valuable fresh, clean water. Nothing is truly unused.
Indeed, for every person added to the U.S. population, One Acre of Farm land or natural habitat is converted to developed uses — Pimental et al, Cornell — yet Mass Legal Immigration has added about 1.5 to 1.6 Million Persons annually to the U.S. Population.
The UN, and immigrants wanting to enter the US, see open land. We Americans see all land as used and serving utilitarian and/or valued conservation purposes. We cannot afford immigrants who think the US has space aplenty.
The USA has suffered from exploitation, land and resource degradation. We have been fortunate in the opportunity to draw back from over-exploitation, and thus we have learned to invest, save, and treasure our natural resources.
The culture of conservation which is ours, being hard-won, must be treasured and itself protected. Mass immigration overwhelms not only land but also values. Conservation Culture is a national treasure; it is ours to be conserved, nourished, and valued as the gem that it is. Mass immigration changes and fractures culture in many ways. It cannot be condoned.
Discouragingly, among Mass Immigrations’ proponents are leading “Environmental” groups which attempt to justify their continuing support for more and more immigration (e.g., the Sierra Club’s support of “protecting undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation” and expanding the DACA program.) BALANCE has long understood that amnesties are a magnet for Illegal Immigration, and that DACA encourages sometimes-criminal use of children as “Admission Tickets”, and that Mass Immigration has seriously negative effects on the environment, cf Pimental et al.
And then there are the Marxists (whose Goal is the Destruction of the Traditional America in every respect). Witness their attack on and destruction of the statues of virtually every person important to the History of the USA via their Antifa organization. Antifa claims that Conservationists John Muir and Galen Powell were “racist”; so their names, likenesses and statues should be erased, defaced, and obliterated.
The Pressure which Mass Immigration and its Enablers have increasingly put on American Traditions, including the Conservation Traditions, has been enabled by an Ideological Assault on the USA’s Traditional Values. For example, The Far Left pushing the Concept of “White Privilege” in reality sends the Message that the holders of Traditional Values should feel guilty about their achievements, their Assets and such power as they still have and yield to Mass Immigration’s New “Values” and transfer their Assets to the Far Left.
As well, prior to the CoVID Pandemic Mass Immigration was displacing Americans from Jobs, (as studies by John Williams, Norman Matloff, and Ed Rubenstein have documented). Studies by all three indicate that there has not recently been and is not now, a labor shortage.
This prospect of loss of Economic & Personal Security has inter alia resulted in lower Native-Born Fertility Rates. “Replacement Level” fertility is assumed to be 2.1 births per woman. But as of 2018, the TFR of Native-Born Whites was 1.73, Blacks 1.75 and Hispanics 1.77.
In contrast, the TFR of Immigrant Women in 2018 was 2.15, just above replacement level. [Cf: “Immigrant & Native Born Fertility 2008-2018,” CIS, Camarata & Zieglar, April 1, 2020]
In order to surmount the foregoing Challenges and Challengers to the USA’s Conservation Culture, BALANCE encourages implementation of the following Solution.
Support BALANCE’s Activist Initiative for a Solution: BALANCE pushes a Zero-Net all-categories-included Moratorium on Legal Immigration which would still allow 150,000 inflow to match typical annual outflow. BALANCE is a genuine MASS Immigration Reduction Group (certain other National Groups not pushing a Moratorium are merely Mass Immigration Management Groups, a position counterproductive to achieving any immigration reductions at all) as we have repeatedly pointed out.
- Most Important, Contact & Re-Contact your Senators and Representatives and the 2020 Candidates! and Media, and Influencers to oppose Senators Harris and Lee’s (R-UT) S386 and Senator Durbin’s (D-IL) RELIEF Act as well as the outrageous “New Way Forward Act”.
- Above all, every organization and individual should contact Senators, Media and Influencers and push an all-categories-included Zero-Net Moratorium on Legal Immigration and emphasize that it would remove the Legal Immigration Magnets (e.g., the uncapped Asylee Category) attracting ever more Illegal Aliens.
- It is difficult if not impossible to stop most illegal immigrants unless one reduces the Magnet of Legal Immigration “Slots” such as the Uncapped Asylee Category.
- And focus on Specifics, e.g., How can communities and the nation ever ameliorate our intensifying Homelessness Crisis by annually welcoming in 1.6 Million Legal Immigrants per year with Taxpayer-funded Health Care, Welfare etc. Benefits, PLUS Amnestying 1.5 Million Illegals, many of whom would be provided with Taxpayer-funded Housing Assistance, as H.R.5038 does?! Or HR 6 which would Amnesty (i.e., legalize) Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Aliens.
- And the Costs: U.S. Taxpayers Pay $330 BILLION PER YEAR NET (after subtracting taxes Immigrants pay) to pay for the federal costs of LEGAL Immigration alone (cf CCN Cost Study). That’s about $758 Million per Year Net per Congressional District and does not include Net State and Local Costs.
Please make a Tax-Deductible DONATION to BALANCE NOW to help Save our Environment and our Nation by Credit Card on our website: BALANCE or by check to: Population-Environment Balance | P.O. Box 268 | San Francisco, CA 94104
Dollar for Dollar, Tax-Deductible Donations to BALANCE and its ASAP! Coalition Allies who push a Moratorium, create much more Political Clout for reduction in both Legal and Illegal immigration numbers than Donations to Mass Immigration Management Groups, i.e., those who refuse to push for an all-categories-included Zero-Net Moratorium.
And as Dr. V. Abernethy and Dr. Anne Brittain’s Research has shown, reducing immigration into the USA reduces the fertility rates in the sending countries, thus reducing the over-population pressures in those countries.
Help BALANCE intensify its Media, Public Education, Activist Mobilization and Lobbying Efforts with a Tax-Deductible Donation NOW.
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