Open Letter from Gaylord Yost
March 4, 1998
I'm one of those many year members of the Sierra Club who doesn't
communicate much with the Club but gives money, writes letters, and generally
supports its efforts. The current issue on immigration excites me enough so
that I am moved to write the election candidates to tell you what I looked for
in selecting the five for whom I voted. I looked for clear concise statements
by candidates who support ballot Option A calling for (not elimination of
immigration) but a reduction in the ill conceived flow of almost one million legal
immigrants a year into this country.
The addition of the wording calling for a reduction (not elimination) of immigration to this country is pretty straight forward and the least an organization such as the Sierra Club can do to try and slow our population overload. This overload is, has, and will poison rivers, create bigger and better land fills, put extreme pressure on our parks and forests, and generally continue the reduction of our resource base and quality of life to the point we see in so many countries around the world. And that point is what is driving these immigrants to this country. To think that desiccation by overpopulation won't and can't happen here is to have your head in the sand. To not take some action, especially since the Sierra Club has tackled some pretty mind bending issues in its day, is to have the Club's head buried in the sand.
Why the leadership of this Club is making this immigration issue into a mind bending battle escapes me. Someone must have another agenda somewhere and supports wide open immigration. Our Congress is ignoring the issue and until more "Clubs" and networks of Conservation organizations begin to put the heat on, we are going to have a major city imbedded each year in this country. And that doesn't even include all the illegals who come and then are given amnesty to stay forever.