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One Reporter's Opinion @ Immigration/Population Explosion

Thursday, 12 May 2005 12:00 AM

According to the Census Bureau figures, more than two-thirds of current and future population growth in the U.S. is the result of immigration – legal and illegal – and has become the determining factor in population growth.

The 11.2 million immigrants who indicated they arrived here between 1990 and 2000 plus the 6.4 million children born to immigrants in the U.S. during the 1990s account for almost 70 percent of U.S. population growth over the last ten years.

The immigrant population in the U.S. has nearly tripled since 1970 due to legislation passed since 1965 to increase immigration.

It's taken thousands of years for the population of India to grow to 1 billion. It may take just 100 years for the country to add another billion. The world's largest countries by population are China, 1.2 billion; India, 1 billion; and the U.S., approaching 300 million.

This rapid, explosive population growth has led to traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, energy shortages, air pollution, loss of open space, overburdened infrastructure, wage depression, and a deteriorating quality of life.

The adverse impact is most pronounced on minorities and the immigrants already here. The poverty rate for immigrants is 50 percent higher than that for the native-born.

Here in Los Angeles, we lead the nation's counties in the number of foreign-born residents - 3.4 million. An astounding 36.2 percent of Los Angeles County's 9.52 million people were born in a country other than the U.S. California leads all states nationwide with 26.2 percent of its population born in a foreign country. Of the nation's 282 million residents, 11.1 million were foreign-born in 1990.

It is frightening – statistics aside – when we break it down to how it affects each and every one of us. As an example, 1 in 3 people in the world will not have access to sufficient water by the year 2025. Was it Mark Twain who said, "Whiskey's for drinking – water's for fighting about"?

Scientists warn that more people may be fighting over water this century than fighting over oil. Bottled drinking water in some areas of the world costs more per gallon than gas. Water shortages are affecting 450 million people in 29 countries.

Water could become the new oil as a main source of conflict. Increasing scarcity and competition over water in this 21st century could dramatically change the way in which we value and use water and the way we mobilize and manage water resources.

Serious water shortage is due to explosive population growth, most of which comes from immigration. Continued population growth is causing species extinction, loss of farmland and open space, and the general degradation of our environmental quality.

And yet in the U.S. our government lacks either the will or the ability to enforce the immigration laws it instituted to stem the invasion by illegal immigrants. American citizens are suffering desperately as a result of the failure to deter illegal entry or to stop this population and immigration explosion.

It would all have been so simple if our federal government had done its job, even after the passage of the 1965 legislation that all but opened the door to the illegals. Our national indecision and the greed of politicians – those on the take – have become untenable, unhealthy and eventually suicidal.

My friend Eleanor Roosevelt told me years ago: "We must prevent human tragedy rather than trying to save ourselves after an event has already occurred. Unfortunately, history clearly shows that we arrive at catastrophe by failing to meet the situation, by failing to act when we should have acted. The opportunity passes us by and the next disaster is always more difficult and compounded than the last one."

Obviously we have failed to listen ... as the plague of the 21st century rushes on. How is the world to sustain this population explosion?

Beth Barrett. "L.A. County immigrant capitol." www.dailynews.com

Donald A. Collins. "Why Won't Our Federal Government Enforce Our Immigration Laws?" www.washingtondispatch.com/article_8939.shtml

Lee Green. "Infinite Ingress." www.latimes.com/news/local/valley/la-tm-growth04jan25,1,5176444.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Yeh Ling-Ling. "Stop population growth – here and abroad." www.diversityalliance.org/docs/article_2005jan04.html

Glen Martin. "Population growth water supply." www.sfgate.com

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