Carrying Capacity Network Action Alert
The climate is right for a serious push for a moratorium on immigration.
· It is essential to push for a moratorium in order to pressure Congress to lower the numbers significantly and to unambiguously reject proposed amnesties.
· Experience from the past three decades shows that pushing only for a reduction in some categories allows the open borders lobby to get increases rather than decreases in legal -- and thus illegal -- immigration. From experience, we know that a category approach is counter-productive.
· On the contrary, a moratorium approach forces advocates
to work within a limit, would shift the argument to the costs
and benefits of particular categories and would drive reductions
in some of them. Advocating a moratorium calls the whole enterprise
of mass immigration into question.
· A return to a level of immigration which would, for
the first time in decades, put the U.S. on a path toward population
stabilization is the first, necessary step toward environmental
and economic sustainability.
A moratorium would ease the strain on the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS). The DHS encompasses both Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). Currently, the backlog of unprocessed applications for
U.S. citizenship is in the millions. A moratorium would give the
DHS a chance to catch up with the backlog, to better weed out
terrorists, criminals, and fraudulent immigrant applications.
Specifically, the bill's serious flaws stem from the fact that
it creates a new unlimited category of de facto immigrants which
might be called the "Green Card Holder Family Legalization
Why, we ask, should Green Card Holders, (who have made no commitment to the United States via obtaining citizenship) have the RIGHT to make any person they choose (including Illegal aliens) a de facto permanent resident (i.e. immigrant) of the U.S., merely by marrying him or her? And what is the justification for allowing their spouses and minor children to stay permanently, becoming de facto immigrants through the device of "indefinitely renewable" visas?! And why should the children of LPRs and illegal aliens have automatic birthright
citizenship, which this bill would give them?
The potential for an increase in the number of de facto immigrants
via this LEGALIZED CHAIN MIGRATION
Further, consider that annually, an estimated 250,000 spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens would be allowed defacto permanent resident visas, AND ALSO the hundreds of thousands of spouses and minor children as well as parents of ALL LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS would get "indefinitely renewable" permanent resident visas. That is, they would be immigrants-in-fact.
Folks, if we think we have seen pressure to marry U.S. citizens
in order to get permanent resident status, we ain't seen nothing
yet. If this bill passes in its present form, permanent legal
residents (LPRs) will also become tickets into the United States.
The marriage business will boom and, with it, immigration.
Near the beginning of his Congressional tenure, Congressman Tancredo, for whom we have never had greater respect, said:
"And you have to talk about a Moratorium. Talking about anything less than a Moratorium will never get you one step closer to stabilization . . ."
He said this to a packed audience at a CCN/ASAP Coalition -sponsored
conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, on August 9, 1999.
Most grassroots activist leaders have told us they would not be content to support mere category adjustments (i.e. immigration management). After reviewing the history of those attempts that not only failed, but created opportunities to increase immigration rather than decrease it, real reform advocates feel "once burned, twice shy."
Specifically, the fact that passage of this bill as written would send the numbers of de facto immigrants skyrocketing, and the fact that that is at variance with Rep. Tancredo's stated position for a moratorium leads to a clear conclusion: Congressman Tancredo was very poorly advised by those who assisted him in drafting this legislation.
We believe this courageous and dedicated congressman was too
busy fighting for reductions in many media venues to realize that
the NeoCon bill-drafting advisors put one over on him. That sad
conclusion is hard to escape. The NUMBERS implications of this
bill have the imprimatur of a NeoCon Mass Immigration Management
Group written all over them. By the way, the provisions of the
bill are quite consistent with the president of Numbers USA's
distinct and publicly expressed disinclination to support any
significant deportations of illegal aliens. And just hours after
it was introduced, Numbers USA announced its unqualified support
in a meticulously drafted news release which reflected a thorough
knowledge of the bill.
That way grassroots activists know they will be supporting real
reductions in mass immigration and NOT merely mass immigration
management with an increase in numbers!
According to the Los Angeles Times:
"Corporations and advocacy groups with a direct interest
in immigration including those who need skilled high-tech workers,
farm laborers and university teaching assistants are being aggressively
targeted for membership. Those being courted include Microsoft
Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and groups representing academic institutions,
restaurants, hotels, landscaping firms, hospitals and
And the cost of membership in the coalition according to the
L.A. Times? We repeat: Between $50,000 and $250,000 EACH! Now
you understand the pressure for cheap, un-American labor and the
magnitude of our challenge!
We can do it, but we need your generous support.
Together we can stop these amnesty attempts, and get reductions in total immigration. But we're up against a powerful and well-funded open-borders lobby, and we desperately need the support of concerned citizens like you to help us continue to fight for the U.S.A.
We are asking that, if at all possible, you call our office (1-800-466-4866),
go to our Web site (www.carryingcapacity.org) or use the enclosed
business reply envelope to make a special tax-deductible donation
before the end of the year.
And you can really help us increase our reductionist clout by
giving gift memberships to CCN: more members mean more money for
lobbying on the Hill, more money for advocacy, and more support
for our side.
for an Immigration
Creates an Unparalleled Opportunity to Stop Amnesty and Social Security for Illegal Aliens this Fall, and to get Real Reductions in Immigration This Session.
Immigration Reduction Bill Introduced with Major, but Correctable, Flaws
Note: CCN is anti-mass immigration but NOT anti-immigrant.