To the Editor:
At this time next year, this Fox Valley resident and millions of other forthright conservative citizens are hoping to see legislation enacted that is much more urgent than tax reform. Our president hails this new tax bill as the best Christmas present for us in the middle class, but that feat, alas, was not high on our wish list, nor primarily what we voted Mr. Trump into office for. That true gift, instead, would be a massive reduction in legal immigration.
The exact number is unknown to most, because it is rarely discussed in any outlet or gathering, but currently our laws and stagnant Congress allow over 1 million new people to our land per year. As a 23-year-old, I have known no other approach to immigration than this deleterious one of mass immigration.
The Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations all approved the same line: land more warm bodies on our shores. Besides the love by our politicians for their labor and votes, what tangible benefit do we citizens gain from this yearly million? Furthermore, what, I ask, is wrong with those citizens we already have? I think we are a vigorous bunch without the need for further imports, especially as a fully-industrialized and settled nation.
On a practical level, our roads, hospitals, schools, environment and marketplaces all become more crowded and strained with increased use. More urban sprawl would only temporarily alleviate that pressure. On a cultural level, I am skeptical that a continuous injection of millions from all corners of the globe helps to unite our splintering national unity.
According to the Census Bureau, at our current rate, we are expecting to hold over a half-billion souls in our bounds by the time 2070 rolls around. Legal immigration is the source of much of this growth. Is this rate sustainable, and more importantly, do we want this? If not, then it is time to start talking about this and to urge Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Durbin and Ms. Duckworth to end this chapter of American history – of mass immigration larger and longer than the famous Ellis waves. And if they will not listen and act decisively, which I suspect they won’t, then we need to find others who will prioritize this most pressing issue. We owe it to ourselves and our posterity to march under this standard of reform.