Amplifying Immigration Laws on the Path to Sustainability
At roughly 300,000,000, the population of the United States is predicted to double within the lifetime of those born today. Managing 8 billion people is a daunting task, especially when such severe problems face us at home, today. Legal and illegal immigration levels are currently accounting for 1.4 million of that increase, per year. Of those, 400,000 are illegal and untaxable. The USA is growing beyond her means, and steps must be taken to achieve true sustainability. Stricter policies around immigration levels are a big step in that direction.
Sadly, most illegal immigrants arrive in the States in poverty. Lower income levels are more likely to reproduce early, and often. Teenage births continue to rise, most noticeably in immigration hot-spots like California, Texas, and Florida. This is a problem that compounds itself. Fortunately, it can also be addressed at its root: controlling immigration levels.
The effects of the recession have not completely left us. Poverty is at 14%, or one in seven Americans. High unemployment is still being felt, from coast to coast. Unemployment has always hit the unskilled worker the hardest. Over the last 20 years 50% of unskilled labor jobs have disappeared for high school drop-outs. Government support programs are numerous, but still fail to reach a startling number of citizens. A family should not have more children if it can not care for the ones it already has. Countries with similar overpopulation crises (India, China) have introduced tougher policies around immigration levels to positive effect.
Very practical problems arise every day. Public education, as it stands, is very ineffective, yet more schools have to be built every day to cope with volume. Public transport has to be retooled frequently, and at great expense. Even water may become a precious commodity in the next decade if growth continues unchecked. Air pollution and overcrowding brings our cities closer to looking like Hong Kong every day. Even the loss of physical area threatens our nation’s farms and food sources. Stricter rules surrounding immigration levels would help solve these issues.
The road to sustainability is long, and strictly controlling immigration levels is not a cure-all. Problems in education and infrastructure are complex, and won’t disappear over night. Sustainable immigration levels would allow us to focus on these problems and address the core issues. Without constantly having to readjust for sheer volume, some badly needed progress could be within our grasp.