Urban sprawl, congestion, school overcrowding and soaring prices for homes in the 1990s are all byproducts of “record levels of mass immigration,” according to a new report issued by a group favoring tighter borders.
Federation for American Immigration Reform analyst Jack Martin, author of “Urban Bloat: How Immigration Fuels Population Growth,” said U.S. Census Bureau data “shows how mass immigration is changing the way Americans live, work and commute.”
The addition of some 15 million immigrants – legal and illegal – during the decade of the 90s created a second “migration,” Martin says, noting as immigrants moved in to urban areas, “the native-born population moved out in response to the massive … influx.”
Besides adding to urban congestion and costs, illegals leave behind tons of trash on public and private land each year.
“Any time you have a population increase of the magnitude this country experienced in the 1990s, the cities and communities that absorb this growth will be faced with formidable challenges,” Martin said. “In 2003, it is clear we are failing to rise to these challenges – to provide affordable housing, quality education and health care, adequate transportation and similar amenities – yet policymakers continue to ignore one of the chief underlying causes: mass immigration.”
The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on the report.
Martin said he used Census data to track the impact of immigration on large cities and urban areas around the nation.
“As a society, we are constantly asked to deal with the effects of rapid population growth – nearly half of which is the result of immigration and births to immigrants,” Martin said.
“We are perpetually scrambling to cope with the impact of this massive population increase as though it were inevitable. Urban Bloat draws a direct connection between our dysfunctional immigration policies and the quality of life issues that are most important to people in this country.”
As WorldNetDaily has reported, other studies show an increase in immigration has led to increased costs to taxpayers, especially in California, where state lawmakers face a $38 billion budget deficit.
“Virtually 100 percent of California’s population explosion between 1990 and 2000 (and continuing through 2002) was the result of a massive inflow of immigrants and births to immigrants, not from internal growth, according to two separate studies,” said an analysis by Californians for Population Stabilization, or CAPS, a nonprofit group dedicated to stricter management of the state’s population size.
Dr. Diana Hull, Ph.D., president of CAPS, says too much immigration has added to the “myriad” of California’s problems, not the least of which is financial.
“Traffic congestion, schools, the water crisis and the state’s record … budget shortfall have all emerged … because there are too many people for the state’s now beleaguered resources,” said the CAPS analysis.
Some lawmakers agree there has to be limitations to immigration to ease financial burdens on states and taxpayers.
“We must enact provisions which not only heighten enforcement of our borders but also eliminate the social-welfare benefits that attract illegal immigrants to our country,” said U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.