Immigration to fuel future population growth

Article author: 
Carol Morello
Article publisher: 
Washington Post
Article date: 
15 May 2013
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

Immigration will be the primary driver of population growth in the United States within a few decades, a milestone not seen in almost two centuries, the Census Bureau projected Wednesday.

The Census Bureau said immigration will outstrip natural increase — the difference between births and deaths for the total population - by as early as 2027, but no later than 2038. The differing scenarios depend on how many immigrants continue coming to the U.S.

If immigration levels are high, the census said, non-Hispanic whites would become a minority in the country as early as 2041...



This article rests upon the fundamental but flawed thesis that Americans have no right to control our demographic destiny.

American women voluntarily reached replacement level fertility (2.1 children per woman) in 1972. Yet mass immigration is driving US population to double within the lifetimes of children born today.

America is not the dumping ground for foreign job seekers in transit looking for subsistence-level wages. Similarly, America is not simply an assemblage of consumers bettering the corporate bottom line. 

The United States can not grow indefinitely with finite borders. We are already severely impacting our sustaining ecosystems, while siphoning resources - notably petroleum - from foreign nations.

We have every right - and responsibility - to control our population destiny.