Biden’s Immigration Policies Are Wrecking the Environment, So Pay Up
An appropriations bill signed by President Joe Biden last month earmarked “not less than $575,000,000 for family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species.”
Meantime, it’s full speed ahead for mass immigration to the United States.
“The Democratic Party acknowledges that human population growth endangers biodiversity and threatened species … in other countries. At home, they support immigration policies that accelerate U.S. population growth,” notes Jeremy Beck at NumbersUSA.
According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), the U.S. loses a football field worth of nature every 30 seconds. At this rate, a South Dakota-sized expanse of forests, wetlands and wild places in the continental United States will disappear by 2050.
CAP, not exactly an immigration enforcement outfit, won’t say it, but population growth is the primary driver of the loss of open space in America.
American population levels were a primary concern among environmentalists at the birth of the ecology movement in the 1970s. Alas, those roots have all but withered as a succession of U.S. administrations has thrown open the floodgates to historic waves of immigrants – both legal and illegal.
“One in five of all immigrants on planet Earth live in the United States. The current 14 percent share of foreign-born in the U.S. is just shy of the record 15 percent set just after the turn of the 20th century,” FAIR reported back in 2016.
Under Biden, those numbers are being super-sized. Immigration that spawned a little more than half of U.S. population growth in the last 50 years will generate three-quarters of it in the next 50 years.
Who benefits from this? Certainly not taxpayers who must pick up the tab for costly and quixotic government programs to ameliorate the corrosive effects of mass immigration on the environment.
“Reducing immigration is essential to achieving environmental sustainability in the United States,” the FAIR report concluded. Indeed, environmental policies – whether aimed at climate change, urban sprawl or safeguarding biodiversity – are doomed to fail as long as U.S. immigration levels continue at their current, unsustainable rate.