ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Concerned that an
immigration reform bill could be deceitfully drafted in Congressional back
rooms and sprung on the American people without warning OR alternatively
put off until next year for political expediency, Donald Mann, President of
Negative Population Growth, today called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid to openly and quickly move immigration reform
that does not grant amnesty and citizenship to millions of illegal
immigrants through the 110th Congress.
Addressing Capitol Hill's top leaders in the first weeks of the new
Congress, Mann challenged the new Democrats to "answer to the American
people -- and not the special interests -- in shaping any final immigration
"I realize that there are many factors at work on the immigration
issue. But the 110th Congress must recognize that this legislation will
have a greater impact on America's future than perhaps any other it
considers. We can't go for quick-fix solutions. Rather, as a nation we must
approach this issue well-educated on its long term consequences for today's
generation - and many generations to come," Mann said in his letter.
In addition, he stressed, "it is also crucial that this legislation not
be written in Congress' back rooms. Any immigration reform legislation must
undergo full, open and immediate hearings so that all issues can be openly
discussed and all key players identified."
In his letter delivered only three months after the nation passed the
300 million population milestone, Mann also noted: "without a strong new
immigration law that is effectively enforced, our nation is doomed to a
future of record-breaking population growth that will wreak havoc on our
economy, our society and our environment."
In direct language that drove home the point that a majority of
Americans are not willing to accept any immigration reform that grants
amnesty and citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants, Mann cited the
fact that "almost all members of Congress - including most of the newly
elected Democrats - ran on a platform of strong immigration laws and
enforcement - and few promised to embrace amnesty legislation similar to
that passed by the Senate last year."
Mann's letter also outlined the measures NPG and other advocates of
strong new immigration rules seek in a final bill. In addition to no
amnesty and citizenship, they include a call for any guest workers to be
exactly that - "guests." Thus, current illegal immigrants in the U.S.
should be required to return to their home country and reenter the states
only if sponsored by an already identified employer.
Another issue important to NPG is that new legislation cannot create
"massive new openings for new 'legal' immigrants and 'guest-workers' to
bring in their extended families." Such lax legislation would "greatly
accelerate our population growth and add tens of millions of new people in
a very short time."
Also, key to strong immigration reform for NPG is the need for Congress
to "demand that present immigration laws be enforced - with employers who
hire illegals made to pay a severe penalty."
In calling on Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid to act on
immigration reform openly and quickly, Mann noted that both leaders
"promised an open and transparent Congress that gives opposition voices and
alternative proposals the ability to be seen and heard."
NPG's President summed up his request by stating: "The bottom line is
that Congress is doing great harm to our nation by letting the immigration
crisis continue to grow as it drags out the debate and plays politics with
this critical issue. The long-term stakes are too high for our nation to
keep putting off responsible, hard-hitting solutions simply to see which
political party can pander more to a growing voting bloc."
Mann's letter ended with this plea: "Let's not worry about who gets the
credit. For America's sake, let's get the job done now!"
Negative Population Growth is a national nonprofit organization,
founded in 1972, that serves as a grassroots network for tens of thousands
of citizens to work together to educate the American public and our
political leaders about the catastrophic effect of overpopulation on our
environment and quality of life. For more information, please visit our
website at http://www.npg.org
SOURCE Negative Population Growth