A Majority Of Americans Want Mass Immigration Substantially Reduced

A majority support immigration of less than 300,000 a year. Roper Poll from 2/16/96.
¨ 70% of All Respondents     ¨ 72% of Conservatives     ¨ 72% of Democrats    
¨ 73% of Blacks     ¨ 71% of Moderates     ¨ 70% of Republicans    
¨ 52% of Hispanics     ¨ 66% of Liberals    

Today, over one million immigrants enter the U.S. every year. According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll of 12/10/98, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, respondents say the U.S. should not allow more immigrants into the country. Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, 12/10/98.

A majority of Americans polled (54%) in 1996 by the Roper organization, favor fewer than 100,000 new immigrants per year. The Roper Poll confirms overwhelming support for reducing immigration levels. More than 70% of all respondents support immigration levels of less than 300,000 per year.

By a margin of about 3-to-2, most respondents stated that immigration "weakens" the American character. Hart-Teeter Poll for the Wall Street Journal, February 1998.

A majority of adult Americans (52%) favor establishing a 5-year ban on ALL legal and illegal immigration into the United States. Such a ban would result in lowering legal immigration from its current level of over one million a year to zero. Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, 3/26/96.

The United States Needs an Immigration Moratorium to Avoid 500 million in 2050

¨ Over one million immigrants enter the United States every year. (Immigration and Naturalization Service)
¨ Immigration has accounted for 70% of U.S. population growth this decade. (Center for Immigration Studies)
¨ If mass immigration continues, the population of the United States is projected to exceed 500 million by 2050. (Census Bureau)

¨ Population growth causes per capita municipality taxes to rise. Per capita taxes in municipalities of any given size average 25% higher than those in municipalities of half the size. (Professor Albert Bartlett, University of Colorado, Boulder)
¨ An estimated 1.88 million U.S. workers have been displaced from their jobs because of immigration, including many "discouraged" workers who have dropped out of the employment market. (Dr. Donald Huddle, Rice University)
¨ 44% of the decline in the real wages of high school dropouts from 1980-1994 was due to mass immigration of less-skilled immigrants. (National Research Council 5/97)

¨ Over 1 million acres of land are lost annually to urban, transportation, and industrial expansion. Another 2 million acres of farmland are lost annually to erosion, salinization, and unsustainable agricultural practices. In sum, we lose about 3 million acres a year. Thus given U.S. population growth of about 3 million a year, for each person added to our population, 1 acre of open land is lost. (Dr. David Pimentel, Cornell University)
¨ The United States' ability to support a population within its carrying capacity is already being strained because of continued population growth. Fifty percent of our original wetlands have been drained to accommodate growth. (Environmental Protection Agency) Ninety-five percent of all U.S. old growth forests have been cut down. (Save America's Forests)
¨ Increasing traffic congestion, school overcrowding and increasing costs, and pollution are among the many negative consequences of immigration-generated population growth. (Population-Environment Balance)

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