The projection that today the world population passed the 7-billion mark was a grim reminder that global population continues to grow by some 80 million a year.
Should the American people open our doors to as much of that population surplus as possible each year? Do we have a moral obligation to do so.
Yes, say the utopian humanitarians who predominate in bishops' haunts, national religious agencies, newspaper editorial staffs and academic ivory towers.
We used to take a quarter-million a year of that surplus. That was our average between 1776 and 1976. It was also around our average in the 1950 and 1960s.
Since 1990, Congress has forced American communities to take a full million of the global surplus each year.
The utopian humanitarians tend not to like to talk about numbers. But the ones who can be pinned down will lean toward the idea of doubling our in-take to around 2 million of the surplus each year.
For nearly 20 years, I have provided the somewhat famous "gumballs demonstration" to put all of this global humanitarianism into some practical perspective. Perhaps you would like to view or review it here:
The most common criticism of my presentation is that it sets up a straw man of global humanitarianism driving our immigration policy. The critics say our extraordinarily high level of immigration has nothing to do with trying to help people in the rest of the world. Rather, what drives U.S. immigration policy is either the need or the greed of powerful entities that make money off it.
I agree that economic interests are a strong factor. But the moral fig leaf is always provided by the utopian humanitarians who insist on the imperative for the U.S. to constantly take more and more of the world's surplus population that can't thrive in the societies with high fertility.
In my gumballs video I provide the logic for why immigration is an impossible way to deal with the world's poverty. But I think we can probably be sure that as long as India, Africa and others continue with their high fertility rates, the growing surpluses of population around the world will be used by the utopian humanitarians in our midst to use the coercive power of the federal government to force massive immigration and all the changes that accompany it on the neighborhoods and individual citizens of our national community.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Tue, Nov 1st 2011 @ 10:47am EDT