and Food Supply Risks
Noted economist and public policy expert Ed Rubenstein has recently issued an important study called “The Fiscal Impact of Immigration – An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies”. The findings serve to support what we at BALANCE have been saying for many years: Massive Immigration, legal and illegal, is a drain on the U.S. economy in myriad ways and this problem is only going to worsen as our population, currently at about 335 million, continues to grow.
It bears repeating that immigration and children born to recent immigrants account for approximately 90% of the approximately 5 million annual U.S. population growth. Over the last decade, half of the flow has come from legal immigration and half from illegal. Hispanic women in the U.S. average 2.9 children according to a recent National Vital Statistics Report (Births: Preliminary Data for 2006, Table I, December 5, 2007).
This is well above "Replacement Level" of about 2.1. Immigrants – not generations-long established American families – account for the high level of child-bearing within the Hispanic population. Without Hispanic immigration input, the U.S. total fertility rate would be slightly below replacement level, population would soon stabilize, and might gradually decline without hardship to the descendents of present-day Americans.
But if current mass immigration and related trends continue, the USA is on track to reach 1 billion people in 2075. Consider, for example, what our food supply situation will be then given that we are having food supply problems in the USA and abroad now. Reports of hoarding and shortages are already coming in from California to New York.
The following are some of the more dramatic findings of the Rubenstein study, along with comments by BALANCE.
1) Dr. Rubenstein cites a National Research Council study which concludes that the average immigrant household generates a fiscal deficit of $2,682. In 2007 dollars this is $3,408. Nine million households are currently headed by immigrants, and more than $30 billion of the federal deficit represents money transferred from native taxpayers to immigrants.