My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Immigration Debate Continues…

Following the Pew Hispanic Center’s recent report on illegal immigration, there has been great speculation as to the number of illegal immigrants living in each state. For instance, it appears that Alabama’s undocumented immigrant population has more than doubled since 2005. According to Pew, in the past three years, the number of illegal immigrants in the Yellowhammer State has swelled from 40,000 to between 85,000 and 120,000.

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3 Responses to “Immigration Debate Continues…”

  1. Pete Murphy Says:

    Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth. I’m not talking about environmental degradation or resource depletion. I’m talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

    I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled “Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America.” To make a long story short, my theory is that, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

    This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management, especially immigration policy. Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

    But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

    The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight third world countries – India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China – as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. It’s absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that’s impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal.

    If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit my web site at OpenWindowPublishingCo.com where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It’s also available at Amazon.com.)

    Please forgive the somewhat spammish nature of the previous paragraph. I just don’t know how else to inject this new perspective into the immigration debate without drawing attention to the book that explains the theory.

    Pete Murphy
    Author, “Five Short Blasts”

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  3. Tino Cazares Says:

    I have a concern about the US 2010 Census Question #9 About Race. I feel the Hispanic or Latino Race is not included. And the comment or note in black bold text found on the US 2010 Census form before Question #8 is very upsetting to me. (In this census, Hispanic is not races.) I was bought up to believe that Hispanic was a Race. I was born in the US and my parents are from Mexico. Almost all my life I have filled out other government paperwork & etc. that I’m Hispanic or Latino under the question of Race or Ethic Race. I called the 1-800# to the US 2010 Census about my concern and they told me to choose one or more of these options of race provide on the form for me that best fits me. Honestly none of these options of race fits who I am.
    I haven’t really heard anything about this on the media yet, but I’m hearing that many well know Latinos are supporting or doing Ads for the US 2010 Census. Have they had the chance to look at the form that they are supporting? Telling us that we should fill it out, so we could be counted. I’m wondering how these Hispanics or Latinos honestly are filling out Question #9 about Race.
    “Are we A RACE, or have we been Erased?”
    Please voice out your comment about this

    This is the way I’m going to answer Question #9. I’m going to choose option: Some other race & write in Latino. At least this way we could be counted and heard. Please spread the word to your family, friends, & other Hispanics (Latinos)