Desert Invasion - U.S.

Background - immigration and overpopulation

U.S. population will double within the lifetimes of children born today and 90% of this doubling will be caused by mass immigration - that is, by recent immigrants and their descendents. That will require roughly twice as many houses, cars, roads, prisons, hospitals, schools, water treatment facilities, etc. The result will be twice as much pollution, sprawl and pressure on our dwindling natural resources and the resources that we draw from other countries.
The United States has the highest population growth rate of all developed countries in the world and at more than 287 million, is the third most populous country in the world. The United States Census Bureau tells us that if current trends continue, America will become a country of more than a half-a-billion within the lifetimes of our school-age children. Immigration will be responsible for 90 percent that growth. Leaving such a legacy has been described as a hate crime against future generations.
America need not apologize for taking necessary and important steps to stabilize its population. Indeed, taking appropriate action now is indicative of wisdom, character and responsibility.
Border enforcement failure

Our nation's border enforcement strategies have failed miserably along the 1,940 mile U.S.-Mexico border. In 1994, the federal government implemented a new strategy that focused on deterrence and arrest. Yet since then, illegal population in the U.S. increased from 5 to between 9 and 11 million.
The 1994 policy focused on strategic locations along the border, attempting to deter entry in areas of high activity. The intent was to reroute illegal aliens and drug smugglers to more remote areas with harsher desert conditions that would deter them from entering.
The strategy failed. Illegal alien flow through El Paso, San Diego, and other traditional areas has been curtailed, but the strategy has created a funnel into Arizona. Illegal alien males who once returned home are no longer doing so; they are sending for their wives and children, who are perishing in increasing numbers in remote desert areas. Indeed, entire Mexican communities are devoid of adult males.
Now, our border National Monuments, National Forests, and National Wildlife Refuges are being decimated by the foot and vehicle traffic of thousands of illegal aliens through those areas. These fragile desert areas of incredible beauty are being left with damage that will take 50, 100, and even 200 years to regenerate.
A country that does not protect its wildlands set aside by Congress, and does not protect its borders from foreign invasion, is in dire trouble indeed.
For more information, see The Washington Times article and series, Immigration conundrum, October 8, 2002 (a new browser window will open)
Quick facts on illegal immigration

The America-Mexico border is 1,940 miles long. An average of 10,000 illegal aliens cross the border every day - over 3 million per year. One third will be caught and many will try again. About half of those remaining will become permanent U.S. residents (3,500 per day).
There are an estimated 9 to 11 million illegals in the U.S., double the 1994 level. A quarter-million illegal aliens from the Middle-east currently live in the U.S, and a growing number are entering via the Mexican border.
80% of cocaine and 50% of heroin in the U.S. is smuggled across the border by Mexican nationals. Drug cartels spend a half-billion dollars per year bribing Mexico's corrupt generals and police officials, and armed confrontations between the Mexican army and U.S. Border Patrol agents are a real threat. There have been 118 documented incursions by the Mexican military over the last five years.
Illegal aliens have cost billions of taxpayer-funded dollars for medical services. Dozens of hospitals in Texas, New Mexico Arizona, and California, have been forced to close or face bankruptcy because of federally-mandated programs requiring free emergency room services to illegal aliens. Taxpayers pay a half-billion dollars per year incarcerating illegal alien criminals.
$60 billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year, and one of Mexico's largest revenue streams consists of money sent home by illegal aliens working in the U.S.
For more information, see The Washington Times article and series, Chaos along the border, October 6, 2002 (a new browser window will open)
More information

For more background information, research and references, see the following organizations (a new browser window will open).
Carrying Capacity Network
Center for Immigration Studies
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
Negative Population Growth - fax Congress for free on U.S. population/immigration issues!
Population Environment Balance
SprawlCity - shows the surprising relationship between population growth and sprawl.
THE AMERICAN RESISTANCE - information and activism organization.
Also see the DesertInvasion links page.