Opinion: Immigration and population grown are intertwined

Immigration And Population Growth
“Immigration” is the main reason Britons are leaving the E.U.; “Immigration” is also the main concern of Americans supporting Trump. “Immigration” is a natural concern for any nation that wishes to control its future. The U.S. used to allow 400,000 immigrants annually; that number has increased drastically to an unknown level, unknown because of the many illegals involved.
What is known is that the potential number of immigrants (and refugees) globally is in the tens of millions. The reason for so many immigrants is that global population growth is growing faster than the earth’s ability to provide jobs, drinking water, food, homes, sanitation, health, education, etc.
Every 5 years the world population increases by 375 million, more than the current U.S. population. In other words, the world must increase the number of jobs and other resources necessary to support another U.S. every five years. Can we do this? Of course not. Hence, the global number of immigrants will increase for decades, causing all sorts of social symptoms of the main problem.
India, Africa and the Middle East are three areas that will have rapid population growth for the foreseeable future. Tens of millions of people will continue to look for better lives in the E.U., England, the U.S. and elsewhere during future decades. It behooves our nation to establish a population policy now that will work for many decades.
Americans, including Vermonters, want to help the downtrodden of the world. It makes us feel good to accept desperate peoples into our towns, but we must be aware of the increasing costs to our society and to our way of life. Increasing immigration is not a problem in itself but rather the symptom of a problem called overpopulation.
It is sad that Americans can understand the need to control an overpopulation of cows in a pasture but cannot understand the need to control an overpopulation of humans on planet Earth.
David Van Vleck

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