Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Immigration Policy Center on Immigration in Election 2008

The immigration debate will continue to rage on until Election Day and beyond. Today's election season conversations will shape the policies and politics of this critical subject in the months and years to come. To facilitate an articulate and accurate debate on this complex subject, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has put together A Candidate's Guide to Immigration (Download candidatepacketlowres1.pdf ) along with a two-page document of Answers to the Toughest Questions ( Download candidateqalowres1.pdf )-materials backed by hard data that effectively counters and clarifies the myths and ambiguities associated with immigration. IPC's candidate packet covers a range of following sub-issues:

• Comprehensive Immigration Reform

• Immigration Enforcement

• Worksite Enforcement

• Electronic Employment Verification Systems

• Immigration and the Less-Skilled Workforce

• Immigrants, Jobs, and Wages

• Immigrants and Public Benefits

• Immigrants and Taxes

• Immigrants and Crime

• Local Police and Immigration Law Enforcement

• Immigrant Integration

• Immigration and the Environment

Our immigration system is broken and it can not be fixed until the terms of the immigration debate shift towards a rational conversation aimed at achieving workable and effective comprehensive immigration reform. The candidate packet was created as a resource for candidates and current elected officials to use in their efforts towards achieving a real, effective, and practical immigration policy that keeps the interests of all those living and working in our country at heart.



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'• Immigration and the Environment'

OK, that hooked me. I had to look. Angela Kelley writes:

'Curbing immigration is not a solution to our very real environmental problems.'

She's admitting we have environmental problems but forget immigration. Well then, Angela, tell me which of these environmental problems you allude to is not affected by the level of human population?

One of the most obvious, and important, is water. We have a 'water crisis' according to the State of California. From the state's calwatercrisis.org web site:

'From aging infrastructure to *population growth* to climate change, we face a complex set of problems that threaten the future of California’s population, economy and environment.'

While population growth is not the only problem the state's water system faces, how could anyone deny it's a BIG one based on constantly raised state estimates projecting population to reach almost 60 million by 2050, adding over 25 million since the 2000 census from less than 34 million counted in 2000. The data shows that the state will pass the 40 million mark in 2012, and exceed 50 million by 2032.

OK, you might reply all Tamar Jacoby-like (or this board's Robert Gittelson). Even if damage is done or a shortage made worse, what about the economy? We have to have high immigration to keep it humming, right? The problem is businesses need water. Agriculture, a 30+ billion dollar industry, needs water. If water is already tight now, how do you provide enough water for business and agriculture's needs while at the same time adding 25 million consumers of it? With a limited supply, it just doesn't add up. We live in a natural world of limits which is why unlimited population growth is not sustainable. And immigration is the primary cause of population growth in the U.S.

Posted by: Jack | Oct 8, 2008 5:45:50 PM

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