Several of our friends, Rich, Sally, Nikkie and George to be specific, have discussed, over a cup of coffee, the issue of immigration policy for the U.S.A., a current hot political topic. They, and others, have circulated a widely viewed YouTube video entitled, Immigration Gumballs, produced by Roy Beck. The skeptic that I am caused me to watch the video several times and then search to find out who is Roy Beck.
Roy Beck is a former journalist and public policy analyst who has served as the Executive Director of NumbersUSA since 1997. Beck was a journalist for three decades before founding NumbersUSA. He is former Washington D. C. bureau chief of Booth Newspapers and one of the nations first environment-beat newspaper reporters. Beck was also the Washington DC editor of John Tantons magazine The Social Contract, and a frequent speaker on population and immigration issues. (Source Wikipedia)
The video is devoid of social commentary and political tyranny using racism, fear of job loss etc. to make points. Instead, it is a look at the facts – the numbers! Using compelling graphs and gumballs Mr. beck makes a clear point and it is this:
Current immigration policy allows about 1 million entrants per year compared to a baseline of about 200,000 per year in 1970. The latter was near replacement level, meaning that about 200,000 people leave America permanently each year.
The continuation of an unchecked policy will certainly have consequences. Having the facts allows intelligent debate as to what needs to be done.
I would encourage my readership to view: Immigration Gumballs
Just a few hours after the above post this important information was published today:
•Nearly one in five Americans will have been born outside the USA vs. one in eight in 2005. Sometime between 2020 and 2025, the percentage of foreign-born will surpass the historic peak reached a century ago during the last big immigration wave. New immigrants and their children and grandchildren born in the USA will account for 82% of the population increase from 2005 to 2050.
•Whites who are not Hispanic, now two-thirds of the population, will become a minority when their share drops to 47%. They made up 85% of the population in 1960.
•Hispanics, already the largest minority group, will more than double their share of the population to 29%.
•Blacks will remain 13% of the population. Asians will go to 9% from 5%.
•The gap between the number of working-age people and the children and seniors who depend on them will widen as boomers age. There will be 72 young and elderly for every 100 people of working age by 2050 compared with 59 in 2005. The gap would widen more if immigration slows because immigrants tend to be of working-age, the report said.