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Relationship Between Legal vs Illegal Immigration 
By Frosty Wooldridge
Americans today suffer a legal and illegal migration invasion unprecedented in US history. It affects every state in the Union concerning schools, hospitals, jobs, crime, diseases and our national language.
With over three million legal and illegal immigrants streaming into our country annually, the invasion quickens across the nation. People complain, join anti-illegal immigration groups and speak up in greater numbers.
But what many don't complain about is the unending and gargantuan problem of 'legal' immigration that proves just as deadly. Before 1965 when we numbered 193 million citizens and a sustainable society, a steady flow of 170,000 legal immigrants arrived in America and we easily absorbed in by assimilating by learning our language and becoming productive citizens. We were able to take that many immigrants into America because that many people exited from the United States. Once the 1965 Immigration Reform Act hit us, from 1.1 to 1.5 million legal immigrants arrived year after year. By 2010, they have created massive and growing havoc across America, and their numbers and children added 100 million to the USA by 2006. Another 100 million people expect to call America their home within 25 years. But the media won't breathe a word! Neither will scientists or political leaders. We're racing toward a demographic cliff at 100 miles per hour!
Legal immigrants from 1965 arrived in such massive numbers; they began enclaving and not assimilating. They've built city-states completely separated from mainstream America. They kept their own language and mores of their former societies. Their consequences grow as their numbers grow.
Dr. John Tanton, publisher and editor of <http://www.thesocialcontract.com>www.thesocialcontract.com brings a sobering look at our dilemma concerning legal immigrants.
"In the early years of our work on the immigration question, we viewed legal and illegal as fairly separate and distinct phenomena," Tanton said. "They seemed to require different measures for their control."
"Illegal immigration was, of course illegal, and hence, easy to oppose," Tanton said. "The measures needed for its containment included such things as more border patrol agents, better detection of illegals within the country, employer sanctions, more care at our embassies overseas in issuing visas, repatriation to the country of origin (or in the case of Mexico, deep into Mexico, rather than just across the border), and so on."
As corporations found out in the 80's, for example in meatpacking, which used to pay $17.10 per hour and as high as $19.00 an hour with benefits, employers could hire illegal aliens for $6.00 and hour and no complaints. Soon, living wage jobs for Americans vanished as corporation after corporations drove out American workers and imported illegal aliens.
"Legal immigration in contrast seemed to require reconsideration of such things as family reunification, education policy for foreign students, economic effects, the brain drain, and the related questions of asylum and refugees," Tanton said. "We did not see ­ or at least I didn't ­ that legal immigration per se was one of the major causes of illegal immigration."
"This realization came through reading Phil Martin's recent papers on immigration, in which he characterized the causative factors as demand-pull, supply-push, and "networks," Tanton said. "The "networks" are those informal channels of communication that transport cash, goods, and information from the United States to the country of origin. Since the direction of the flow is away from us, we tend not see it. It is this counter flow that helps stimulate interest in (and facilitate) emigration."
That flow now includes a $7 billion annual human smuggling operation from the Pacific Rim which includes two million illegal Chinese imbedded into America and growing. Canada suffers an invasion from China whereby Vancouver, B.C., is completely inundated with legal and illegal Chinese, commensurate gangs and violence. Vancouver is being vacated by longtime Canadian citizens as it's too inhospitable.
"In the United States, we tend to look at immigration as either legal or illegal, as outlined above," Tanton said. "I contend that in the country of origin, migration is looked at as either go or not go. Whether or not it's legal is, I believe, a minor point. If legal spots are available, fine. If not, there are plenty of rationalizations available to justify proceeding illegally: the need to feed family; the irredentist idea that the land was stolen from the migrants' forefathers in the first place (an idea applicable for some Mexicans); the several amnesties we've given to illegal aliens indicating that we're not really serious; the welcoming reception by employers, welfare workers, and church people; the back-across-the-border-and-try-again charade of the border patrol; etc. Legality is not a major consideration."
"Put simply, high levels of migration, whether legal or illegal, beget high levels of migration, whether legal or illegal, because the network flows back to the country of origin encourage others to try emigration," Tanton said. "Without reducing legal immigration, we are unlikely to succeed in reducing the illegal variety."
At the current rate of legal migration of 1.5 million annually and 800,000 illegally into the USA, along with 1.1 million population momentum-that equals 3.1 plus million people added to this country annually. Multiplying by 60 years will give this country will add 300 million or an unsustainable doubling of our population to 600,000 million people.
It begs the question: Do we want to leave our children with these huge numbers of people in a resource depleted world? Will they appreciate their diminished standard of living and quality of life? Once those horrific numbers manifest themselves via immigration into the USA, they won't vanish over night. They constitute an irreversible crisis with unsolvable problems.
One look at China, India and Bangladesh makes an American shudder. They are NOW where we are headed if we fail to stabilize US population by lowering immigration both legal and illegal to 100,000 annually.
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715
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