I intend to vote for Alternative A, not because I am a racist or wish to be associated with racist politicians, but because I believe it to be sound environmental, social, and economic policy. In fact, the vast majority of Americans, of all ethnic groups, favor limits on immigration, because they realize that unlimited immigration can do great harm to the country, just as it would to any other country. Indeed, the people most in favor of continued high levels of immigration are business leaders who want an unending source of cheap labor so they can hold down wages even during an economic boom, and certain political leaders who see immigrants as fodder for their political machines. No less a progressive magazine than Mother Jones has cited a Roper Poll showing that non-Hispanic Blacks favor deep cuts in immigration by 11-1, and that H ispanics themselves favor such cuts by a factor of 7-1. (Mother Jones Magazine, September/October, 1997, p. 41.) When you consider that there is almost no immigration of Africans to this country and that the unemployment levels among inner city African-Americans are obscenely high, it is really no mystery why they would be opposed to high immigration rates and why Barbara Jordan, one of the great civil rights leaders in recent decades, called for reduced immigration. It is simply condescending and insulting for middle class whites to assume that members of minority groups cannot think for themselves on issues that greatly affect them, and the assumption made by the Club leadership that ethnic minorities are necessarily in the pro-immigration camp is a classic example of this outdated thinking.
Yes, we need to work on global environmental solutions, but it is an old axiom that before people can preach to others about how to conduct their affairs, they had better set their own house in order. The United States must get its own environmental house in order, and this will never happen if we do not solve our overpopulation problem, much of which, for better or worse, is caused by excessive immigration.