Letter: To immigration reform advocates NorthWest Asian Weekly 10 March 2010
To the Editor:
As a Chinese immigrant, I must remind immigration advocates that the United States is now the greatest debtor nation in the world due to many of our policies.
Presently, well over 15 million U.S.-born citizens and legal immigrants, including open border advocates, have lost their jobs. Although some immigrants are great assets to the U.S., it is simply selfish, shortsighted, and irresponsible to promote amnesty and ever increasing immigration to gain political clout.
Asian, Hispanic, and African immigration advocates should be told that if the U.S. population continues to grow at the rate of last decade, mathematically, the U.S. could have Indiaâ€™s current population within the lifetimes of todayâ€™s childrenâ€™s children. â€¦
Decades ago, [the] Chinese already realized that population growth and immigration would impede its economic success. China also seriously restricts immigration even for Chinese born abroad.
For the sake of law-abiding Asian and other U.S.-born citizens and legal immigrants, we should all urge President Obama and Congress to work on curbing teen pregnancies totaling 750,000 a year nationwide, encourage small families and drastically reduce immigration, both legal and illegal.
Many legal immigrants who did not apply for welfare are appalled at the extensive welfare abuses in the native and immigrant communities. Therefore, the federal government should require that all sponsors of immigration should pay for the welfare costs, cash and non-cash, provided to the relatives they brought to the United States.
It is simply wrong to tax other legal immigrants and U.S.-born citizens to pay for those welfare programs. China does not hand out welfare to its own citizens! Traditionally, Asians are known to be fiscally responsible. What has happened to Asian fiscal responsibility and self-respect?
â€” Yeh Ling-Ling, executive director of Alliance for a Sustainable USA