Numbers, facts and statistics are always at the center of any discussion or debate on immigration and population. Via our newsletters NPG works to make sure that our members are consistently up-to-date on specifics and can more than hold their own in issue-related conversations.Take this quiz to see how well informed you are (note: many of the answers have been reported in various 2004 issues of our Population and Resource Outlook). Then, tell us how many questions you answered correctly on the enclosed reply.
|1) How many illegal aliens currently in the United States will be put on the road to permanent citizenship
if the Bush Administration's guest-worker/amnesty legislation is passed by Congress?
|a) 3-4 million||b) 7-9 million|
|c) 10-12 million||d) 15-17 million|
2) How many states currently give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants?
|a) Five||b) Eleven|
|c) Thirteen||d) None|
3) A recent report released by the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that households headed by illegal aliens received how much in subsidies from American taxpayers in 2002?
|a) $5.1 billion||b) $9 billion|
|c) $14.5 billion||d) $26.3 billion|
4) Next to India, what country is going to see its population rise faster than any other industrialized nation between now and 2050?
|a) China||b) Canada|
|c) United States||d) Japan|
5) Immigration both legal and illegal adds how many people to the U.S. annually?
|a) 1.1 million||b) 2.5 million|
|c) 4 million||d) 6 million|
6) According to the American Farmland Trust, what percentage of our nation's fruit and vegetable production is in the path of high development?
|a) 34%||b) 49%|
|c) 64%||d) 86%|
7) Between 2000 and 2003 how many states saw an increase in their population?
|a) 18||b) 35|
|c) 40||d) 49|
|Answers at the bottom of this page.|
COMING SOON TO A RADIO NEAR YOU...
A special thanks to the dozens of NPG members who sent us the call letters and city of a local radio station that they want us to contact to book a guest NPG spokesman. Requests came from cities of all sizes and we're actively following up on booking time wherever possible to spread the word about what individuals can do in their own communities to make their voices heard on key population-related issues.
THE PRICE OF 300 MILLION AMERICANS
NPG's chief spokesman, Dave Simcox, appears on talk radio stations all across America and customarily takes our message to tens of thousands of people each month. In a recent appearance on Claudia Christian's national news show "Open Grove" (available at Open Grove.com) he made the following points about America that powerfully underscore the dramatic need for NPG to step up its efforts to stop the escalating population growth that is taking us into a very dangerous future.
"All sorts of signs of stress are beginning to show n terms of water shortages. Even where water is vailable much of it is so heavily polluted that it equires extensive treatment and can't be used for drinking, fishing or swimming. We're seeing the waste dump that we've made our atmosphere becoming overloaded with heat trapping and toxic gases. We see that our agricultural land that makes the United States the breadbasket of the world shrink in size. And we see a population that prefers distilling its grains into automobile fuels, having the automobile compete with humans for our food supply. 300 million Americans can do an awful lot of damage to our resources."
IS YOUR COUNTY NEXT?
"Already traffic in Loudoun is a headache, school construction can barely keep up, taxes are soaring, and county services are strained to say nothing of the aesthetics of a landscape being torn up by bulldozers. Let there be no illusions, continued explosive growth will make all of this worse."
Washington Post editorial lamenting the devastation caused by population growth in the once-idyllic suburban Loudoun County,Virginia.
THE CASE FOR FEWER PEOPLE
For the past three decades much of the writing directed to the critical issues of population growth and its consequences has been sponsored by and published by Negative Population Growth. Today, we take great pride in the sizeable collection of 112 publications we offer members and researchers who wish to learn more about how population, immigration, the environment, and our future survival all interconnect.
Over the years, all of these papers have been extensively distributed to more than 1,000 libraries across the nation as they are published. However, we know that loose paper copies rarely remain in library collections very long and far too many are subject to being pilfered.
For this reason NPG has made the major investment of putting our collection of publications into a single hardcover volume titled The Case For Fewer People: The NPG Forum Papers, an 748-page book that is sure to be a more permanent repository of population issues that will serve as a more functional and comprehensive research tool.
Today, our challenge is to place this valuable book in as many libraries as possible to further fulfill our educational mission. As a continuation of our ongoing Library Project we are asking NPG members for a generous contribution of at least $35 to underwrite the extensive costs of one book as well as its distribution. As in the past, you can choose your community library, the library where your child or grandchild attends school, or perhaps even your own alma mater. If you like, a bookplate and letter with your name can accompany your gift. Please tell us that you will join in our 2005 Book Project by using the enclosed response form to provide us with the necessary information.
Here at NPG we would like very much to thank Lindsey Grant, our esteemed colleague, who served as editor of The Case For Fewer People: The NPG Forum Papers and who saw this major endeavor through from conception to completion.
Printing and distributing The Case For Fewer People: The NPG Forum Papers is the most extensive and expensive NPG book project ever. We greatly need your help to make it a success!
LAS VEGAS' FUTURE IS IT A GOOD BET?
Las Vegas, Nevada prides itself on being one of America's great escapes for tourists. But these days it's the residents who live beyond the glitter of the neon who would love to escape the out-of-control growth that is turning the entire area into a nightmare.
Earlier this year, syndicated columnist George Will called Las Vegas "the world capital of exuberant excess." He backed up this label by citing statistics that show the current 1.6 million population growing by 6,000 a month to 2 million by the end of this decade... housing starts that run to 20,000 per year... a fast-depleting water supply that is currently at 50% capacity... a never-ending need for new roads and infrastructure... increased taxes... a demand for 17 new schools every year... and pollution that is creating respiratory problems among the elderly, increasing the costs of their long-term health care.
It's sad to say, but the future of cities all across America could end up looking like today's Las Vegas if we fail to heed the signs of overpopulation. In sum, Las Vegas remains a nice place to visit but don't move there. And definitely, don't bet on its future as a great place to live!
NOT THE BEST LIST TO BE ON
As a share of the nation's population, immigrants now account for 12% the highest level in 80 years. States with the largest increase in their immigrant population between 2000-2004 are Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Center for Immigration Studies
November 23, 2004
THANK YOU ARIZONA VOTERS!
It might not have been front page news where you live but you can rest assured that politicians in Washington, D.C. and all across America paid attention to the final vote count on Arizona's Proposition 200 on November 2nd.
Given the opportunity to send a clear message that they are no longer willing to subsidize illegal immigrants, voters of the "Grand Canyon State" endorsed the measure 56% to 44%. Proposition 200 had three major elements:
1) Individuals must prove their citizenship when registering to vote and when casting a ballot;
2) People applying for services not mandated by the federal government, such as welfare, also would have to prove their identities and eligibility, and;
3) State or local workers must report undocumented immigrants that apply for government services.
Proposition 200 was opposed by the vast majority of Arizona politicians from Governor Napolitano on down, and aggressively resisted by a very well-funded coalition of pro-immigration advocates who spent millions on advertising that greatly distorted it's purpose. However, in the end the taxpayers won a great victory and in the process stand to save an estimated one billion dollars a year. The bad news is that the losers are already in court trying to narrowly define what constitutes "state and local benefits." The good news is that Proposition 200 is being looked at in many circles as a bellweather for the nationwhere the people finally raise their voice to get tough about immigration. NPG salutes our colleagues at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) for their diligent efforts to get this measure on the ballot.
IS IT TIME FOR AN IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM?
"I have never seen a greater divide between what the people of this country want and what the government is willing to give them than in the area of immigration reform"
The above quote by Congressman Tom Tancredo is right on target when it comes to describing what we're up against in today's immigration debate. Out-of-control immigration is one of the greatest crises facing America and is the major cause of overpopulation today. But our elected officials are not only moving in the wrong direction
The Bush Administration's guest-worker/amnesty proposal is akin to throwing gasoline on a fire. That's why NPG has been actively spreading the news about "The Mass Immigration Reduction Act" a bill in Congress which calls for a five-year moratorium on almost all immigration. An immediate immigration halt would be greatly beneficial in that it would provide the Border Patrol, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department, and State Department with a bit of breathing room to get their technology, computers, manpower, and policies up-to-date and working in unison to best protect the American people in this post 9-11 era. Most important, a temporary immigration moratorium will permit America's leaders and the American people to engage in a long-overdue, focused debate on the longterm impact of immigration before it becomes irreversible. We look forward to this legislation once again being introduced in the new 109th Congress.When that happens, we will update you on the bill number so you can contact your Senators and Congressman urging them to sign on as a co-sponsor.
SAD BUT TRUE
"Overpopulation is the new "third rail" of both politics and journalism, so both professions routinely ignore it."
Greg Wilcox, Ashville (NC) Citizen-Times
WILL YOUR EMPLOYER MATCH YOUR GIFT TO NPG?
It's quite commonplace these days for employers to match donations their employees make to non-profit organizations such as NPG. In some companies this is a well-publicized policy, yet in others it is not. If you are unsure whether or not your company has a matching gift program, we urge you to contact your human resources department so that you can complete the proper forms.
WHERE THERE?S A WILL...
Many of our friends and supporters ask us each year how they can include a gift for NPG in their estate planning. It's actually a very simple process. To assist our members, we are offering for a second time a copy of a very beneficial 24-page booklet entitled Making Your Will: What You Should Know Before You See Your Lawyer. To obtain this useful and informative guide, simply contact us at (703) 370-9510.
OUR THANKS TO YOU...
A STATE-OF-THE-ART NPG CALCULATOR!
Numbers are part of our daily lives. However, any way you look at it today's population numbers are shocking! The U.S. Census Bureau projects 419 million Americans by 2050 with immigration accounting for more than 60% of population growth over the coming decades. The faster we add new people the more we'll see our already overcrowded nation and communities change before our very eyes and not for the better!
In appreciation for your contribution of at least $35, NPG will reward you with a 51/2 x 73/4, state-of-the-art calculator imprinted with our NPG logo as a constant reminder that no matter how you calculate the numbers, we are becoming a nation of "too many people". Please take advantage of this special offer today by completing the enclosed reply!
|Answers to POP Quiz on Page 2
1 (c) 10 to 12 million. And once they get permanent citizenship they will be able to petition to have extended family members join them in this country;
2 (b) Eleven. However, this issue will once again be up for a vote in many other states in 2005;
3 (d) $26.3 billion. Additional billions of dollars are added annually as long as nothing is done to close our nation's borders;
4 (c) United States. Immigration will account for 62% of our population growth between now and 2050;
5 (b) 2.5 million. Based on 1 million legal and an estimated 1.5 million illegals. The real number of illegals is not known and a well-researched Time Magazine article in September claimed that more than 3 million illegals will have entered our country in 2004.
6 (d) 86%. Currently, the vast majority of America's fruit and vegetable farms are within driving distance of major metropolitan areas that are fast encroaching on some of our nation's most productive farm acreage.
7(d) 49 states. Population is affecting nearly every state in the country -- only North Dakota saw a decrease in overall numbers in recent years..
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