Deputy Director’s Corner

Deputy Director’s Corner
NPG Deputy Director Tracy Canada can be reached by email at tcanada@npg.org.

As the world prepared to ring in the New Year with celebration, the U.S. Census Bureau seemed to be celebrating something else: the January 1, 2016 release of new U.S. and world population projections, which are at the highest levels in human history. Census estimates show the U.S. is presently growing by 1 person every 17 seconds.

Sadly, America’s shocking population count – nearly 323 million people – was marketed to the public with the celebratory image below, filled with colorful confetti and a smiling baby. Unsurprisingly, the story was reported with the same misguided positive spin. Newsday quoted demographer William H. Frey (a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution) as saying: “An upward population trend reflects the economy’s vigor and is critical to fuel it. I absolutely think this kind of growth is necessary for us to sustain the economy.”image002(3)

That’s not the only bad news that arrived with 2016. As NPG has long held, along with U.S. population growth comes a deteriorating quality of life – and a strained economy. According to a recent article in The Atlantic: Based on current rates of population growth and assuming no improvement on what is promised in Social Security benefits, there’s likely to be an increase in the numbers of elderly [in] poverty… to 25 million in 2050 an increase of 180%.”

As if that weren’t bad enough… Following the tragic shootings in San Bernadino, CA last year, a new round of Congressional hearings was launched regarding U.S. immigration policy – with one hearing specifically focused on our nation’s Visa overstay problem. (NPG has stated for over 20 years that tracking Visa overstays is a vital key to reducing illegal immigration and the common abuse of our outdated system.) Yet even after decades of warning, a recent article in The New York Times noted: “The question from the congressman to the Obama administration was straightforward enough: How many foreign visitors overstay their visas every year?”

“The reply was simple, too, but not in a satisfying way. ‘We don’t know,’ the official said.”

This is why it is so critical that NPG continues to educate American citizens and elected leaders regarding the dangers of immigration-driven population growth! Our nation’s environment, economy, natural resources, quality of life – even our national security are at stake! And 2016 has already been a busy time, but we’ve been hard at work! Thanks to your support, NPG programs are taking our message to a larger audience than ever before.

Our first NPG Forum paper of 2016 – Immigration Drives U.S. Population Growthwas featured in an article by the Washington Examiner titled “2050: Immigration will be 82% of U.S. population growth, not babies.” And within days of President Obama’s final State of the Union speech, NPG responded with a national press release that reached over 147 million people.

But we cannot stop now! It is crucial that we maintain our momentum throughout the remainder of the year. So I hope you’ll stay engaged in the latest NPG activities, and be sure to keep an eye out for population-related events in your area. You can get involved in many ways, and continue to stand beside us as we work together for America’s future!

Thank you again for all you do!

 

Tracy Henke

Tracy Henke served as Deputy Director of NPG from 2012 to 2017, contributing to the structure and development of NPG’s publications programs. Acting as NPG’s principal editor and a contributing author – as well as a regular contact for the public and media, Tracy extensively researched U.S. population issues and worked to establish significant grassroots support for the NPG mission. She holds a degree in Leadership & Social Change from Virginia Tech, with a professional background in non-profit and program management.

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