Anti-immigrant groups hide agenda behind environmental concerns
Via Feministing, it appears a group of anti-immigration organizations are trying to cloak their agenda in environmental concerns. They took out this half-page ad in The New York Times last week (click for larger version):
Here’s the text:
Americans spend a lot of time in their cars. Not because they want to. But because of massive traffic congestion. And almost daily gridlock. For many people, commutes to work and school and daycare can take up to three hours a day. According to traffic management experts, it’s only going to get worse if our population continues its present growth rate. In many American cities, it’s the same stress with our schools, our emergency rooms, our public infrastructure, even our water resources. A majority of Americans agree that runaway population growth threatens their quality of life. But with U.S. Census projections indicating our population will explode from 300 million to 400 million in thirty years and 600 million by 2100, quality of life for future generations will be gone unless we take action today. The Pew Hispanic Research Center projects 82% of the country’s massive future population increase will be a result of immigration between 2005 and 2050. And for every four new U.S. residents whether from births or immigration, approximately three more cars are added to our roads, increasing gridlock, energy use and greenhouse emissions. Together we can do something about it. We’re the nation’s leading experts on population and immigration trends and growth. Visit our websites to learn more and find out how you can help. Because wasting hours in your car is one pastime you can do without.
The solution to our energy and traffic problems isn’t improved mass transit, better city planning, or changed behavior. It’s keeping out those pesky immigrants. So who’s behind this ad? American Immigration Control Foundation, Californians for Population Stabilization, Federation of American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, and Social Contract Press.
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