Center for Environment and Immigration Studies - research on the environment and mass immigration
A question that must be asked is "How many Americans?". Population can not continue to grow endlessly without causing serious consequences to our sustaining ecosystems and environment.
The United States admits in at least 1.5 million immigrants per year, and the US population of 306 million is projected to increase to over 700 million by 2100. Environmentalists are losing the battle to promote building a sustainable society and protect wild nature. Currently:
- U.S. carbon emissions are increasing;
- Sprawl development destroys 2.2 million acres of wild lands and agricultural lands every year;
- Over 1300 plant and animal species are on the endangered species list;
- Water shortages in the west and southeast are being used to justify new dams and reservoirs that disrupt the natural environment;
With 301 million people, we have not been able to create an environmentally sustainable society. As we double - or triple - U.S. population this century, it will be even more difficult to achieve sustainability. At some point, we must answer the question: "How many Americans?"
If immigration continues at current levels, United States population will increase from 301 million today to 468 million in 2060. This will be a 167 million (56 percent) increase. Legal and illegal immigrants and their descendants will account for 105 million (63 percent) of this increase.
Legal and illegal immigrants and their children account for the overwhelming majority of our population growth. This has essentially negated the American people's voluntary embrace of smaller families. In 2002, 23 percent of all births in the United States were to legal and illegal immigrant mothers. New immigrants and births to immigrants add approximately 2.3 million people to United States population each year, resulting in a much larger overall population.
Urban sprawl is a direct result of this massive population growth. Center for Immigration Studies calculations show that about half the loss of rural land in recent decades is a result of increases in U.S. population, while changes in land use account for the other half. Population growth and the immigration policies that drive it must be an integral part of efforts to preserve rural land and our overall environment in the United States.