Immigration is one of the policy issues where elite and popular opinion diverge most dramatically. Americans want less immigration, not more: POLL: 55% of Americans Support Lower Immigration Levels; Gang of 8 Plan Would Double Legal Immigration.
Immigration does not raise average living standards for people who are already here. We aren't getting improvements due to economies of scale. The economies of scale today happen by moving factories to China, probably next, south Asia. Other economies of scale happen by writing software that runs in many data centers around the world.
The American people are correct to favor less immigration. Americans do not get a personal benefit from a larger internal market due to more population. Rather, they get costs due to more people needing to use the same land. Due to immigration-driven population growth America will go from a food-exporting nation to a food-importing nation and Americans will pay much more for food as a result.
David Pimentel & Mario Giampietro - At the present growth rate of 1.1% per year, the U.S. population will double to more than half a billion people within the next 60 years. It is estimated that approximately one acre of land is lost due to urbanization and highway construction alone for every person added to the U.S. population.
This means that only 0.6 acres of farmland would be available to grow food for each American in 2050, as opposed to the 1.8 acres per capita available today. At least 1.2 acres per person is required in order to maintain current American dietary standards. Food prices are projected to increase 3 to 5-fold within this period.
Want to eat? Like the healthier, but more expensive, vegetables and fruits? Favor a 90+% reduction in legal immigration and deportation of all illegals.
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