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Five to Read on Immigration

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We're not the only ones looking closely at U.S. immigration policy and the many facilities around the country that process deportations. Here are five of the most incisive pieces we've read recently:

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Personalizing the immigration story by focusing on the lives of a few people misses what may be most important: the unsustainability of absorbing millions of illegal (and legal) immigrants per year adding to the clearly unsustainable population footprint that threatens the very survival of industrial society. What needs to be understood now is that strategic and necessary resources are not unlimitedly available, and that our lives are dependent on now-seriously-degraded ecosystems. Ignoring immigration laws in order to accommodate an overpopulated planet containing many millions seeking succor from unsustainability is a recipe for disaster. The writers of the immigration story did mention costs (and thus a mention of impact) involved...."a population one study at the time estimated at 5 million people who cost the American taxpayers a net $20 billion every year. Such costs, according to the analysis by Rice University economics professor DonaldHuddle, came from education, criminal justice and social services provided to immigrants, and lost wages to displaced U.S. workers"....BUT failed to note that at that time census was reporting 2-4 million illegals here, and the story misstated Huddle's estimate of the cost incurred. It was $100 BILLION. And a comparison of the costs then to now should be provided. The estimate of illegals (from 4 years ago, and not updated) is 12 to 30 million. Why not do story on the impacts this has? And why not query such a large increase in numbers in short period of time. One clue is when George W. Bush promised an amnesty in early 2000s, there was a huge increase in illegal entry. And then there are the many legislative rewards for coming here that have been enacted in the last 15 years, making coming here irresistable, significantly added to now by the Obama Administration. (Interesting that GOP opposes most of it, but U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports Obama policy because it provides cheap labor and supports their assumed unlimited growth goals) Shouldn't you focus on what has the most impact on this country? One simple effort might involve determining whether Huddle's $100 billion had some credence in the 1990s and what the cost is now given the many factors creating unrecognized inflation by the government. Another is to research industrial unsustainability, and noting the systemic undermining of the word "sustainable," as in "sustainable growth."