U.S. Preferred Migrant Destination

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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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October 20, 2017
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To stabilize U.S. population, fewer births, less immigration.
From Gallup polling conducted between 2013 and 2016: Worldwide, 710 million potential migrants, 14 percent of the all adults, would permanently move to a new country if they had the opportunity. Gallup's latest findings were calculated based on the interviews conducted with 586,806 adults in 156 nations. The countries represent 98 percent of the world’s adult population. The latest statistics reflect an increase from 630 million potential migrants that Gallup tallied during 2010 and 2012.

One in five identified the United States as its top relocation choice, an estimated 147 million adults. By a wide margin, the U.S. is migrants preferred destination, ahead of Germany and Canada whose leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have publicly declared welcoming policies for unlimited migration.

Imagine then what the U.S. population fate would be if open border proponents win. Pew Research estimates that based on Census Bureau data and assuming no changes in current immigration levels, future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth than the 59 million that have arrived since the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Between 2015 and 2065, immigrants are projected to account for 88 percent of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million from its current 326 million.

But open borders would create the huge change in immigration levels that Pew referenced. Many who would like to come to America but are discouraged by borders and U.S. immigration laws would change their minds. The total migration numbers would vastly exceed the Gallup 147 million predicted.

Family planning, fewer births, and less immigration are key components of stabilizing the U.S. population. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Purdue (R-GA) have introduced one the most common sense immigration reduction bills in years. The RAISE Act would, over a decade, cut legal immigration by about 50 percent from the current 1 million plus annual total. Other improvements RAISE would create include ending the Diversity Visa, and lowering the annual refugee resettlement cap to about 50,000 each year. Legal immigration, which begets chain migration, the DV, and refugee resettlement are major drivers of population increases.

Help slow immigration-driven population growth. Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell your Senators to support RAISE.
 
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