Some people say that mass immigration into the united states can help reduce world poverty.
Is that true ?
Well, no. It’s not. And let me show you why.
This gum-ball represents the one million legal immigrants that the united states has taken every year on average since 1990.
Now, who in the world deserves our humanitarian compassion ?
The World Bank has one measure of the desperately poor of the world: They make less than two dollars a day.
And how many people make less than two dollars a day in the world ?
We’ll start with Africa.
In Africa alone, there are 650 million people who make less than two dollars a day.
six hundred and fifty million
And in India ?
Another 890 million people desperately poor
Add another 480 million making less than two dollars a day.
And unfortunately, the rest of Asia has a heartbreaking 810 million people who the World Bank says make less than two dollars a day.
And finally, there is 105 million of Latina America’s population that are desperately poor.
All total the World Bank says that there 3 billion people in the world, 3 billion people, who are desperately poor making less than two dollars a day. That’s 3 thousand gum-balls.
And every year
we take a million
that we have somehow made a humanitarian difference ?
we don’t pull our immigrants from these desperately poor population, do we ?
These people are too poor, too sick, too disconnected, to make it here as immigrants.
We tend to pull our immigrants out of the better off poor of the world
. And Mexico tends to define the hype of immigrant that we bring here because the plurality of people come from Mexico and Mexico is poor.
How many people in the world live in countries that have average incomes lower than that in Mexico ?
The World Bank tells us that that number is these 3 billion plus another 2.6 billion people
. 5.6 billion people in the world
Who leave in countries with average incomes below that of Mexico
. That’s 5600 gum-balls
So what is it that the elites are telling us ?
They are telling us that when we take this one million immigrants
That we somehow or another are tackling world poverty. And we have to do it regardless of the effect on our unemployed, the working poor, the most vulnerable members of our society. Regardless of the effect on our natural resources.
Even if we went by the most radical proposals of Washington, which are to actually double, our immigration to two million a year
, which would totally overwhelm our physical, natural and social infrastructures, we couldn’t make a noticeable difference.
And we may be really hurting the impoverished people in the world because the million that we do take
are amongst the most energetic, often the better educated, certainly the most dissatisfied people that if the did not immigrate would be the agents for change to improve the lot of all the people of these countries
The true heroes in the global humanitarian field are the people in these countries who have the wherewithal to emigrate to another country but instead stay in their countries to apply their skills to help their fellow countrymen. Unfortunately
our immigration system tends to entice these very type of people to abandon their countrymen.
The impossibility of making even a dent is actually worse than its looks here because
, last year, when we took one million immigrants, these countries added
, birth over death
, 80 million more people into the impoverish population.
And this year, Congress is bringing in a million legal immigrants.
And this year, according to the United Nations,
these countries are expected to add another 80 million people.
And next year, you can be quite sure that Congress, unless stopped by the American voters, will bring in another million immigrants
And these countries unfortunately will be adding another 80 million people into these impoverished nations.
We can take 5 million a year
but we’d never get ahead of what’s happening in these countries. Not in this century.
Don’t you see? Immigration can never be a effective or significant way to deal with the suffering people in the world.
They have to be helped where they live.
99.9% of them
will never been able to immigrate to a rich country. There is no hope for that.
They have to bloom where they’re planted. The only place that 99.9% of these people can be helped is where they live.
Let’s help them there.