Immigration-Reduction Report Card for Sen. Mark Udall (D, CO)
Served in House: 1999-2009, Served in Senate: 2009-
Immigration reduction grade in this Congress -- F-Recent
D -- Career, D -- Earth Day Sustainability Record
The grades above indicate how well this Member of Congress has been performing on one of the most important public policies affecting the United States' ability to become an environmentally sustainable society.
President Clinton's Task Force on Consumption and Population concluded that it is not possible to have environmental sustainability without dramatically reducing overall immigration to allow for a stabilizing U.S. population.
Instead, Congress has maintained immigration numbers quadruple the traditional average. Immigration policies result in new immigrants and births to immigrants that account for nearly all of the population explosion that currently challenges all U.S. environmental efforts.
Until the 1970s, the United States admitted about 250,000 immigrants each year. This policy helped make this country a great nation. However, Congress' decision to allow immigration to spiral out of control has created an unsustainable situation.
Currently, around 1 million legal immigrants and 1 million illegal aliens come to the United States each year. If Congress does not act to reform immigration, America's population will reach 458 million by 2050. However, the immigration reform ideas currently being discussed in Congress would increase rather thant curb immigration, further exacerbating the problem.
Immigration helped make America what it is today. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Our immigrant past is exactly that, "past!" is the operable word in that phrase for all those who wish to save our environment.