ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A nationwide survey
of thousands of local and state leaders conducted by Negative Population
Growth found that almost 90% of elected officials rated America's current
illegal immigration problem as "Very Serious" or "Somewhat Serious." In
addition, 54% of respondents reported that illegal immigration is
"negatively impacting" or "somewhat impacting" the jurisdiction they
represent. The survey was mailed this summer to 12,000 current state
legislators, county officials, mayors and city council members.
In releasing the survey results NPG President Don Mann noted that while
only Congress can set America's immigration policy, state, county and city
leaders must deal directly with the costs of illegal immigrants who
overburden local schools and social services.
Mann welcomed the survey findings by stating, "These survey results
clearly show that all of us fighting today's tidal wave of illegal
immigration and explosive population growth have a strong base of support
among those in position to put pressure on Congress to tackle America's
immigration crisis before it does even more economic, social and
Other survey findings on immigration and population questions include:
-- More than 70% of those polled indicated they were "very concerned" or
"somewhat concerned" that current population growth is putting
increased financial pressure on the cities and communities they
-- When asked what areas most concern them when it comes to the
environmental impact of population growth in their jurisdiction, the
three most common answers were: increased demands on limited water
supplies, the loss of open space, and increased air and water
-- Approximately half of the elected leaders -- especially state
legislators -- reported they had sponsored legislation aimed at
protecting threatened farms, wetlands and forests from encroaching
Mann concluded, "This survey is a prelude to NPG's efforts to get our
nation's leaders to join us in lobbying Congress to create a new U.S.
Commission on Population Growth that will help steer our nation toward a
sensible, livable and sustainable future."
Negative Population Growth is a national nonprofit organization,
founded in 1972 that has served as a network of tens of thousands of
citizens who work together to educate the American public and political
leaders about the catastrophic effects of overpopulation on our environment
and quality of life.
SOURCE Negative Population Growth