Immigration and Environmentalism
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) scholar David Beir has exposed the true intent of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Recently, Beir observed that FAIR’s charge that fewer immigrants means more prosperity is nonsense pointing out that if fewer workers means more prosperity then (by their logic) no workers is the ultimate prosperity.
Naturally, instead of refuting David Beir’s charge, FAIR has decided to attack. FAIR spokesman Ira Melman replied by stating:
I must point out the irony that CEI is arguing that limiting immigration is ‘anti-human’ while it champions labor policies that treat workers as mere commodities, not as fellow citizens who have the right to earn a fair wage for their work.
Melman went on to state that We, the American people, should choose who we admit to our nation. Either of these two responses are not only without merit but are distractions from the core issue. The anti-capitalistic sentiments expressed by FAIR are altogether indicative of a group that deep down inside hates the idea of other people being able to be free to trade (be it services or labor) with whomever they want.
FAIR is one of a few groups started by a man named John Tanton in 1988. Tanton is a retired Michigan physician and was an active environmentalist. In addition to serving on the boards of groups such as Zero Population Growth and the Sierra Club, Tanton established three influential organizations: FAIR, NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies. Each of these groups in some way has been able to influence nativist sentiments on the Left and Right by making false Malthusian claims that Earth’s resources are limited and the countries cannot sustain increases or growth in populations. Including and especially influxes of immigrants.
The Southern Poverty Law Center was able to obtain some of Tanton’s written correspondence in which they uncovered not only exchanges of letters with but also evidence of close association with leaders of a eugenics foundation described as a Neo-Nazi group. According to the SPLC, Tanton’s associations with white supremacist groups even go so far as to not only meeting but even vacationing with some of them including making proposals grounded in their ideas. His groups have also accepted contributions from the Pioneer Fund which has conducted research attempting to prove a link between race and intelligence.
The issue of immigration is, admittedly, a thorny political issue. However, as the Reason Foundation points out, statements that immigrants should just come here legally are not grounded in fact. As a Reason Foundation flow chart points out, the U.S.’s immigration system is so bureaucratic that illegal immigration is nearly guaranteed. Furthermore, it does not help any that the United States continues to have limits (aka quotas) on the amount of immigrants that can legally enter the U.S. As it turns out, immigration quotas were proposed and supported by the Ku Klux Klan.
David Beir’s accusations against FAIR and other like-minded groups as being anti-human is completely accurate. If one takes into account the activities of the present-day nativist movement’s founding father John Tanton, you can see the correlation between environmentalism and hatred of mankind. Environmentalists seek to preserve nature at all costs and revere the environment as intrinsic literally viewing human beings as a cancer that would do harm to the beauty of the outdoors. This logic, not surprisingly, is also taken into the realm of immigration and it is small wonder that anti-immigrant environmentalists are attempting to take over groups like the Sierra Club.
Hostility to immigration is a natural extension of environmentalist thought and was the reason why John Tanton founded groups like FAIR and NumbersUSA. Not only do environmentalists seek to sacrifice mankind’s life to the needs of nature, they will use even the science purporting a link between mankind’s usage of fossil fuels and climate change and other studies as a means to lay guilt upon those who work to be productive and successful. This done in a perverse attempt to damn mankind’s existence for the sake of preserving non-human life. With polls indicating the young populations of the United States and Europe quickly dropping their religious associations with Christianity and other mono and polytheistic dogmas, mankind in general should also dump the faith of environmentalism that seeks to crucify mankind on the altar of the goddess of nature.