An amnesty for nearly 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could rapidly boom the United States’ already record-high foreign-born population.
In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA would officially end in March 2018. Since then, the Republicans and Democrats have been plotting to negotiate an amnesty plan for January 2018 where up to 3.5 million illegal aliens could be granted a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
Immigrant Population Booms to 44M, Majority from Mexico https://t.co/AE0NNRfGhc
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) November 3, 2017
Such a plan would likely increase current legal immigration levels to the U.S. More than one million immigrants enter the country every year, leaving Americans forced to compete with an evergrowing number of low-skilled foreign workers for stagnant, blue-collar wages.
The legal immigration system is made up of more than 70 percent of what is known as “chain migration,” which means newly naturalized immigrants can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. with them. For example, as Breitbart News reported, five years of chain migration to the U.S. has added more foreign-born individuals to the American population than one year of American births.
Five Years of Chain Migration Adds More People to U.S. than One Year of American Births https://t.co/gjW6j4tX9p
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) December 19, 2017
A DACA amnesty where newly amnestied illegal aliens are able to bring their foreign relatives to the U.S. could potentially trigger a chain migration reaching between 9.9 million to 19.8 million foreign nationals over a period of decades.
Chain migration importing the foreign relatives of DACA illegal aliens would potentially outpace the entire population of New York City, New York, where more than 8.5 million residents live. Likewise, the number of foreign nationals arriving in the U.S. as foreign relatives of DACA illegal aliens could also more than quadruple the population of Los Angeles, California.
For years, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University Philip Cafaro has pleaded with Democrats and the Republican establishment to stop supporting massive increases in the U.S. population through immigration.
Cafaro wrote in 2009:
Like immigration policy for the past 50 years, immigration policy for the next 50 looks likely to be set with no regard for its environmental consequences. We believe this is a bad thing. As committed environmentalists, we would like to see our government set immigration policy (and all government policy) within the context of a commitment to sustainability. We don’t believe that the goals we share with our fellow environmentalists and with a large majority of our fellow citizens — clean air and clean water; livable, uncrowded cities; sharing the land with the full complement of its native flora and fauna — are compatible with continued population growth. It is time to rein in this growth — or forthrightly renounce the hope of living sustainably here in the United States.
President Donald Trump’s administration and pro-American immigration lawmakers such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) have advocated for reducing legal immigration levels to raise the wages of American workers. This initiative would see the end of chain migration and cut legal immigration down to 500,000 immigrants arriving in the U.S. a year to stabilize the American population.
I look forward to working w/ D's + R's in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
As Breitbart News reported, nearly two out of five swing voters have said that giving amnesty to DACA illegal aliens should not be a priority for Congress.
In contrast, 25 percent of swing voters want the federal government to prioritize reducing prescription drug prices and reducing the number of Americans dying from opioid abuse — two issues Trump promised to his supporters that he would tackle under his populist administration.