Unfortunately, NPG’s hopes for dispassionate Congressional debate on immigration reform hit a snag at its very beginning.
At the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearings on rewriting our nation’s immigration laws, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the Ranking Minority Member, noted:
I hope no one uses the term illegal immigrants here today. Our citizens are not – the people in this country are not illegal. They are out of status. They are new Americans that are immigrants.
When Congress begins a major discussion on such a critical issue with an immediate play for semantics is there much hope for objectivity or for rational and responsible new immigration rules to emerge? NPG considers this issue far too critical for such distractions. Whether their arrival was illegal or they have remained beyond a visa’s expiration, the individuals in question have committed a crime. The focus of this debate should not be what words to use, but rather what actions to take to remedy this crisis.
World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!
From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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