Joe Guzzardi: Foreign-born population grew by 2 million under Joe Biden | Opinions

Here are two hard facts about President Joe Biden’s open borders agenda.

First, Biden, and Biden alone, endorsed from the earliest days of his administration the rollback of all enforcement provisions that his predecessor, President Donald Trump, had put into effect, including funding for the border wall, a important deterrent against illegal immigration.

Biden may have received supportive open-border advice ahead of his inauguration from former President Barack Obama; his then advisor, Valerie Jarrett; Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice; or other immigration advocates. Only Biden and a small handful of insiders know for sure who, if anyone, pushed him.

But Biden, with his presidential authority, gave the green light to open borders. He could have ordered the reinstatement of border enforcement at any time, but he never did. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is misdirected blame. Mayorkas takes his orders directly from Biden.

Second, Biden knew, as would any experienced politician with over 50 years in DC, that once the word got out to every corner of the world, getting into the United States was simply a matter of getting to the border and get to US Customs and Border Protection, a huge wave of illegal immigrants would follow.

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies authored by Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler has found that since Biden’s inauguration on January 21, 2021, the country’s foreign-born population has increased by 2 million and is, according to the authors, “primarily motivated by illegal immigration”. .”

Specifically, about two-thirds or 1.35 million of the overall increase is due to illegal immigration.

Based on federal data from the Census Bureau’s Monthly Current Population Survey, Camarota and Zeigler calculated that the foreign-born US population reached an all-time high of 47 million in April, representing 14.3 % of current total population, the highest percentage since 1910.

Assuming the current program of open borders continues and there is no evidence that it will end during Biden’s remaining years in office, the foreign-born US population will reach 14.9% of the total population of the United States in September 2023, the highest mark in history.

To emphasize how dramatic the increase in foreign-born people is, the authors point out that “for the foreign-born population to grow, new arrivals must outpace both emigration and deaths, because all immigrant births in the United States, by definition, add only to the native-born population.

The CIS analysis is more than an immigration story; the consequences of such a broad and ill-conceived immigration policy are considerable. Through April, the Department of Homeland Security has released approximately 1 million illegal immigrants into the interior.

Many foreigners have been granted parole, an over-enforced immigration status that should be granted on a case-by-case basis. Once paroled, illegal immigrants are eligible for employment clearance and can compete for jobs with millions of unemployed or underemployed Americans. Biden’s goal is parole for all illegal immigrants.

Few congressmen from the Republican or Democratic parties will address the growth, with the huge unforeseen population spikes it brings. The United States is unprepared for the inevitable sprawl and its effects on ever-dwindling natural resources that the nation will be forced to contend with as millions of people enter illegally.

At a minimum, Congress should debate the appropriate number of immigrants that the country can successfully assimilate and integrate.

In Texas, for example, the state lost 20,000 acres every two months, or about 325 acres per day, of natural habitat and farmland. South Texas is a major entry point for global migrants.

“From Sea to Sprawling Sea,” a NumbersUSA report that studied land loss to population growth, found that over the 15-year period from 2002 to 2017 — the latest data available from the Service natural resource conservation – 67% of rural land loss was population related to growth.

During this period, approximately 11,950 square miles of unspoiled rural land in America was developed to build homes, roads, schools, churches, hospitals and shopping malls to support the needs of 37 million more people who lived in the United States in 2017 than they resided here in 2002. .

Just as Biden’s commitment to open borders is indisputable, so is the long-term population growth and urban sprawl that comes with it.

By the time the full effect of Biden’s negligence on the border kicks in, around mid-century, he and his congressional catalysts will be long gone from Earth. But their legacy of leaving behind an overpopulated and resource-poor nation will live on in infamy.

— Joe Guzzardi is an analyst and researcher at Progressives for Immigration Reform who now lives in Pittsburgh. He can be reached at [email protected] and, or follow him on Twitter: @joeguzzardi19. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.