I used to be a Democrat. I still am an environmentalist. It doesn’t surprise me when my former fellow-Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer salivates about two million-strong Mexican mobs assembling on the Washington mall to intimidate Americans: the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill is designed literally to crowd out the historic American nation. The politics of this—the drive to Elect a New People—have been extensively discussed on VDARE.com. But the population aspect—the tsunami of people that would be allowed in by this bill—deserves attention too.
Obviously any serious environmentalists would worry about the danger inherent in importing enormous numbers of people, especially from the Third World to the First where their use of resources normally increases greatly. After all, greater material consumption is why most immigrants come, though we call it “searching for a better life.”
But these days, “global warming” has become almost the sole issue in Establishment environmentalism. Population issues have been purged, because it is not PC to say America is full up.
I was part of a movement among grassroots Sierra Club members that worked for years to return the organization to being a voice for domestic overpopulation concerns. Unfortunately, the normal democratic process for reform had been undermined by a secret bribe of $100 million to suppress mention of the connection between excessive immigration and environmental harm.
When business special interests and non-white racial nationalists wrote this Open Borders plus Amnesty bill of their dreams, all the conspirators got what they wanted. Any "compromise" simply meant more handouts, from La Raza to the Chamber of Commerce.
As a result, the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill is a monstrous Leviathan of more cheap workers, more Democrats, more union members, more taxes, more shoppers, more pavement—and, above all, more people. The base-line estimate, taken from a recent CBO report that immigration enthusiasts actually touted as favorable to their cause: a stunning 46 million persons in the next two decades [Senate bill allows 46 million immigrants by 2033, says CBO, by Neil Munro, Daily Caller, June 19, 2013]
During the mark-up of the legislation in May, Schumer deflected Senator Jeff Sessions’ question about the numbers allowed in the “new legal flow” by announcing: “They’re coming. They’re either coming under law or not under law. And what we do is try to rationalize that system.”
In other words, this bad-faith bill explicitly eliminates borders and enforcement—it just calls the result “legal immigration.” A massively increased future flow from the Third World is the goal of the Gang of Eight bill. The 10 (20?) million illegal aliens to be legalized are just the beginning.
Many of the immigrants unleashed by S.744 will certainly end up in Golden State. Would a quarter of the 46 million settle in the scenic former paradise? That guesstimate would not be unreasonable, since over one in four residents is foreign born now, according to the Census. Twenty-five percent of 46 million would be over 11 million in 20 years who need schools, jobs and housing.
California (population now 38 million) has a little-known but long-established history of drought and the population is well beyond a normal carrying capacity. Tree-ring research has indicated water shortages of disturbing length in relatively recent history:
Beginning about 1,100 years ago, what is now California baked in two droughts, the first lasting 220 years and the second 140 years. Each was much more intense than the mere six-year dry spells that afflict modern California from time to time, new studies of past climates show. The findings suggest, in fact, that relatively wet periods like the 20th century have been the exception rather than the rule in California for at least the last 3,500 years, and that mega-droughts are likely to recur.
Severe Ancient Droughts: A Warning to California, By William K. Stevens, New York Times, July 19, 1994
Already, overuse of natural resources has led to expensive and taxpayer-funded “solutions” like “toilet-to-tap” water recycling in southern California.
First World America could water take for granted. But with increasing population, critical resource shortages are emerging across America as infrastructure breaks down under the strain.
For example, in 2007, Georgia had such a severe drought that it sued the Army Corps of Engineers to release more water for use, along with ordering mandatory restrictions for households. But nobody in the Main Stream Media mentioned that water users in the state had doubled since 1960, from four to eight million.
For an issue that affects American society so profoundly, the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge debate has been remarkably narrow. The public emphasis of proponents and their MSM megaphone has been on the poor little foreign lawbreakers and how they must be “brought out of the shadows”—even though a May Gallup poll showed citizens’ overwhelming concerns were the economy and jobs.
Among the issues being ignored are cultural fragmentation, lack of patriotic assimilation, immediate costs to taxpayers for services and infrastructure, harm to citizen workers, increased crime and erosion of sovereignty.
But the basic ingredients of civilized life—including even the availability of water—are also endangered by mass immigration. Current difficulties will seem miniscule when the elites’ immigration tsunami hits.
The Gang of Eight's bill isn't just evil—it's incoherent, with all the problems that come from being written by a committee, especially one comprised of groups who despise the historic American nation.
Only grassroots pressure can stop this bill—and make sure America is something more than a multicultural mess reduced to drinking the toilet water.
Brenda Walker lives in northern California and blogs about immigration and culture in LimitsToGrowth.org. She thinks the Senators should be forced to listen to a public reading of their thousand-page bill in its entirety on the Senate floor.