Alabama Gets Immigration-Overpopulation Link; California (Willfully) Doesn’t

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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September 30, 2016

Tiny Alabama with its 4.9 million residents is lucky to have U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks raising awareness about immigration’s effect on rampant population growth.

Brooks, who represents Alabama’s 5th District and its 696,000 people, spoke on the House floor and underlined many of Californians for Population Stabilization’s key arguments for limiting immigration to sensible, sustainable levels. Said Brooks:

Traffic-free Huntsville, Alabama, at dusk.

“America’s population has exploded to 321 million people due primarily to 62 million foreign-born people plus their minor children.

“Consistent with the above, the Census Bureau estimates that, within seven years, America’s population will have the highest percentage of foreign born people since the Revolutionary War, adding another 74 million people to America’s population over the next 45 years. Although Americans are supportive or tolerant of legal immigration, they are showing a growing unease in the face of this record-breaking immigration tidal wave that drives up welfare costs, overcrowds schools and hospitals, and increasingly subjects American citizens to growing crime and terrorist attack risk.”

Brooks concluded:

“Hence, we must be much more selective in our immigration policies to ensure incoming immigrants are both self-sufficient and are able and willing to be properly absorbed into American society. If we aren’t, America’s population will explode and America will lose its special place in history.”

[Watch a video of Brooks’ speech here.]

Most of California’s congressional delegation has a different, foolish take on immigration. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for example, called the 2014 Central American border surge an “opportunity” and discouraged any effort to repatriate the many crossing our Southern border even though their presence adds to the state’s 39 million population. Pelosi’s district includes overcrowded, gridlocked San Francisco.

Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to send important messages to Congress to act in Americans’ best interests and to end many of the incentives to immigrate illegally to the U.S. including jobs and protection from deportation.
 

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