ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing skyrocketing
population projections, astronomical costs and citizens' lack of faith in
the government's ability to responsibly implement and enforce its broadly
written provisions, Donald Mann, President of Negative Population Growth,
called on Senate leaders to defeat or shelve S. 1348, now under
consideration in the U.S. Senate.
Mann stated: "Passage of this legislation, as written, would result in
an astronomical spike in America's population whereby our nation would be
forced to accommodate tens of millions of additional people. This number is
over and above the 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants already here who
could become legal if S. 1348 is passed."
He added, "The U.S. Senate has to be up front and honest with the
American people on this legislation when it comes to the gigantic economic
and demographic shift that would result if it is passed. Automatically
giving permanent residency to 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants -- and
possibly even more when the real numbers are revealed -- while opening our
nation's doors to a never-ending flow of 'guest workers' is a recipe for
disaster. It can only lead to a future population crisis that will
significantly impact our quality of life and take a giant toll on our
nation's limited resources.
"No group wants to see today's immigration crisis solved more than NPG.
But the Senate is biting off more than they can chew. If they continue down
this path America will end up with a terribly flawed immigration program
that will be severely detrimental to our nation's economy, society and
environment," Mann stated.
"Passing this legislation will put America on the road to disaster
where there is no turning back," Mann said.
"The American people have spoken loud and clear on this issue," Mann
continued. "Our NPG polls of recent years, as well as many other national
polls, consistently reaffirm that Americans support tough actions against
illegal entry, employment and residence. The American people want more, not
less, restrictive limits on immigration and population growth."
Mann challenged the results of a New York Times poll taken last week
which claimed to show widespread support for certain provisions of S. 1348.
"Even the Senators don't know all of the complexities of the legislation
under debate and this headline-grabbing poll only adds to the propaganda
that this bill is good for our nation," said Mann. "The more the American
people understand all of the nuances and complexities of this legislation,
the more you'll see them wake up to the fact that it is a population time
"Plenty of people can make a good case for a bad law -- but in the end
it is still a bad law," Mann declared.
He added, "Even if the Senate does follow through with this legislation
I am at a loss as to how Senators expect today's overwhelmed and
under-funded U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to turn into an
exceedingly efficient, state-of-the-art operation overnight. S. 1348
provisions would even further stress the limited resources of a broken
agency. For the U.S. Senate to pass any legislation when the bureaucracy to
enforce it does not exist is pure folly."
Mann continued: "The dual solution to today's immigration crisis lies
in Congress funding whatever measures are necessary to seal our borders
against the continuing flow of illegal immigrants and enforcing current
laws against employing illegal immigrants."
Mann noted that Members of Congress should table S. 1348 and tackle
each immigration issue separately instead of passing such an inferior piece
of legislation. "It is important that we have focused debate on the
individual issues of guest workers, new visa programs, family chain
migration, anchor babies and, the most challenging of all -- how to handle
those who broke the law by entering our country. We have to weigh any and
all solutions for these important issues against the future population
burden they will place on our nation and people," he said.
Mann concluded: "Quick fix solutions aren't the answer. Reasonable,
workable and severely restrictive immigration programs that take into
account the real long-term costs when it comes to population are what's
best for our country."
SOURCE Negative Population Growth