The average American's commute has grown to almost an half hour and we now spend nine days a years driving to work. Population growth and poor planning are the causes. The solution offered up by most "experts" is MORE of the same.
It is in America's best interest to share its impressive education system with international students, but not at the expense of our own citizens. There is something seriously wrong with our immigration policies when we have created a higher education framework where so many schools, especially small private ones, cannot survive without depending on financing from foreign students -- or where schools decide that making greater profits from admitting foreign students is worth displacing American ones.
A recent story in The New Yorker about an asylum seeker from Honduras tells a compelling story about a woman seeking to escape a violent past. The reporter, like many before her, fails to ask crucial questions that, if pursued, would give the reader a much fuller and more accurate understanding of the actual facts of the case.
My first EarthX in Dallas was fun and rewarding and, at times, challenging. Even at an event highlighting efforts to better protect the environment, it is still a challenge to convince some that addressing the effects of immigration-driven population growth must be part of that conversation.