Let's hear some numbers. How many illegal aliens would you allow into the country? How many legal immigrants should be allowed yearly?
With more than a million legal immigrants entering every year, there is no way the federal bureaucracies that deal with immigrants and national security threats could handle the problem.
It would take an army larger than any in the world simply to keep track of the aliens who are already here.
But national security, an obvious and immediate threat, is only part of the problem with mass immigration. The larger problem is the impact the immigration numbers haveon the economy, the culture, the educational system, crime and social institutions generally. And even larger than that is the number problem by itself.
Mr. Tancredo in his statement remarked "The Census Bureau projects that U.S. population will hit 400 million by 2050 and 571 million by 2100"up from 280 million in the 2000 Census.
But the congressman's numbers were outdated only weeks after he cited them. This month the Census Bureau announced that by 2050, the national population will stand at 420 million, 17 million more than the previous estimate.
If you like sitting in traffic, standing in line, paying skyrocketing rents and home prices, and watching natural resources vanish to sustain this level of human numbers, you'll think the America of the future is a utopia.
Excerpted from 2003 article The Tancredo Moratorium Bill