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CAIRCO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

In a world of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell

1. What's CAIRCO's goal? What are you trying to accomplish?

Our goal is to educate both the public and elected officials as to the consequences of current mass immigration policies in order to move Congress to reduce immigration to sustainable numbers, 200,000 or fewer per year1.

We can never have a sane immigration policy until we have a sane population policy. We need a population policy that protects the interests of future generations!

"It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest." - as stated by the late U.S. Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan.

2. Who is Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform?

CAIRCO (also known in Colorado as CAIR) is Colorado volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate the public as to the serious consequences of overpopulation driven by mass immigration. CAIR is not a "membership" organization per se. We are an organization of concerned citizens - all volunteers, from diverse backgrounds.

3. Why do you think the current level of immigration is too high?

Let's look at the numbers. Most of these numbers are from the Census Bureau2:

  • Current U.S. population is over 313 million!
  • Nearly 70% of population growth since 1970 was due to recent arrivals and their descendents.
  • Current Census Bureau projections show at least a doubling to over half-a-billion this century - within the lifetimes of children born today!
     
          Year       Middle             High
          ____       _________      _________
          2050       404 million       553 million
          2100       571 million       1.2 billion
     
  • Between now and 2050, 70% of our population growth will be due to post-1970 immigrants and their descendents3. Under current policy, the U.S. population will grow unceasingly. It won't stop and we already have:
    • too much congestion
    • too much traffic
    • too much pollution
    • too much use of limited resources such as water, soil and fossil fuels
  • Colorado's population growth rate is 2.3 percent a year - equal to that of Ghana and El Salvador, and higher than that of the Philippines.

 

4. What is so special about "post-1970" immigrants? Are you suggesting the numbers grow faster after 1970?

Congress, without citizen input, changed traditional immigration policy in 1965. The impact of this policy started to be felt in 1970 as immigration numbers began to increase dramatically to the extremely high levels of today3. The only remedy for this unending population growth this has caused is for Congress to change immigration policy today and return once more to levels of immigration that will allow our population to stabilize.

5. Some say your position is racist.

Absolutely not. This is about salvaging the futures of our children and grandchildren. They come in all colors and races.

Race isn't an issue with us, only overall numbers are. Surveys show that 72% of Black Americans think immigration should be cut to less than 1/3 of its current level, and that the majority of Hispanics think that immigration should be cut. Our only issue is the numbers.

6. Why do you take a position that discriminates against minorities?

We don't. This is about salvaging the futures of ALL of America's children and grandchildren. They come in all colors and races. We don't indulge in discriminating against anyone because of their race. In fact, we oppose those who discriminate against others based upon race. Our position comes from concern for the future of our country, which will have to endure endless population growth as a result of mass immigration. Leaving such a legacy has been described as a crime against future generations.

7. What level of immigration do you propose?

Traditional 1925-1965 levels of immigration were 178,000 per year4. We call for population stabilization through immediate immigration reduction to 200,000 or fewer. U.S. Census Bureau projections show if we achieved the Bureau's "replacement" numbers today, the very best we could do is 327 million in 50 years3. Even that is unacceptable.

8. What do you mean the U.S. is full, there's plenty of room?

Look around Denver with all the traffic, congestion, and pollution; the answer should be obvious. Even if new growth is in unpopulated areas like western Kansas, people in this country use an incredible amount of resources per person. We must also consider something known as biological carrying capacity. We can't continue drawing on and exhausting our limited resources without thinking of the futures of our children and grandchildren. We are losing three million acres of farmland every year. Twenty three percent of our underground aquifers are not recharging at their natural rates. All of this is related to unending population growth.

9. How do you propose which immigrants from which countries get into the U.S.?

We have no position on that - that's for Congress to decide. We don't care. We are only concerned about the numbers.

10. Immigrants have contributed to America in many ways. Should we now slam the door on them?

Our last open frontiers have been settled, and many of these settlers have been immigrants. As we noted in our About CAIR statement, CAIR is pro-immigrant and pro-immigration, but at reduced and reasonable levels.

People have been migrating for 10,000 years. Now, at this juncture, the U.S. is full. We aren't calling for closing the doors, only reducing immigration to numbers that will stabilize U.S. population. Saying immigration is good is just like saying rain is good. Certainly, both are good at certain levels, but disastrous if too much.

11. What's your relationship with other organizations?

CAIR is an independent Colorado-based alliance of individuals and organizations with a common purpose, stabilizing U.S. population through reduction of immigration to sustainable levels. We have been allied with others for specific projects, including ProjectUSA several years ago during our billboard project. Although we support the goals and objectives of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), it should be noted that we are not a subsidiary organization of FAIR.

12. What about population growth due to births?

Immigrants and their descendants are the primary cause for America's population explosion.

The population of the U.S. was on the road to stabilizing starting in 1970 - in other words, people here had decided on their own to have smaller family sizes and to bring our population growth to a standstill3. Since then, increasing levels of mass immigration are causing our population to grow endlessly. Unless the U.S. Government addresses this issue now, we will someday be like China where the Government must take drastic measures to stabilize population.  
For a very good explanation of this, see the background information at www.NumbersUSA.com.

13. What's your position on illegal aliens?

Enforce existing laws of the land regarding illegal immigration, locally and nationally. It is a responsibility of our law enforcement agencies to enforce the laws passed by Congress and by the State of Colorado. We support an immediate halt to illegal entry into our country, and the repatriation of those residing illegally in our country and in our state.

14. What right do you have to keep good people out of the U.S.?

Again, as the late U.S. Congressman, Barbara Jordan said, "It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest."

If 1 million immigrants plus 700,000 illegal aliens per year is good for the U.S., why don't we increase the level to 5 or 10 million? The only way we can stabilize U.S. population is to return immigration numbers to sustainable, replacement levels.

15. What nations originally controlled the western United States?

In the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819, the U.S. ceded to Spain the possession of Texas, California and New Mexico (lands included present-day Nevada, Utah, Arizona parts of Wyoming and Colorado). Other territories, including the Oregon territory, were ceded to the U.S. by Spain.

Mexico was not an independent nation until 1821.

By 1836 the Republic of Texas had established itself separate from Mexico and by 1846 Mexican control of California was in considerable question. Except (arguably) for the Civil War, Texas has been part of the United States since 1846.

In the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the U.S. paid Mexico approximately $20 million for all of present-day California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of present-day Arisona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The nation of Mexico by then had officially controlled California and the mentioned territories for less than thirty years.

Los Angeles was named by Father Juan Crespi, a Spanish Franciscan priest and missionary who was born in Palma. He hailed from Europe.

San Antonio was named "San Antonio de Padua" by Spaniard Domingo Teran de los Rios in 1691. Teran, remembered today as the first provincial governor of Texas, was a member of the Spanish military who previously had spent twenty years in Spanish service in Peru.

San Francisco was named by Portuguese explorer Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeno, who claimed it for Spain.

References

1. Population Environment Balance
2. U.S. Census Bureau.
3. NumbersUSA.com, and Center for Immigration Studies.
4. SUSPS data and numbers.