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This highly biased pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty article conveniently forgets to provide the many reasons for why amnesty should not be granted, why the illegals should be sent back to their home countries and why we need to enforce our legal immigation levels and enforce our immigration laws.

The US population is growing at more than 3,000,000 annually and will reach over 450,000,000 by 2050, and then rise to 600,000,000 or more by 2100. This population growth is due overwhelmingly to immigration and to the large numbers of children that immigranst (both legal and illegal) have. A significant percentage of the legal immigrant population has educational and skill levels below those of American workers, and among illegals the percentage is even more substantial.

The US is in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The "real unemployment rate" is estimated at nearly 20 percent, and among blacks it's estimated at nearly 25 percent, and Hispanics at more than that. Teenage unemployment is also over 25 percent.

Population growth is causing the depletion of natural resources, particularly water and land, and the loss of habitat for various wild animals, several of whom are on the endangered species list.

Forecasts for oil are that there are shortages looming in the not-to0-distant future. High gas prices and/or shortages are set to be part of this nation's future economic equation.

We have lost a sizeable amount of the manufacturing economy in this country due to outsourcing and downsizing, and we can expect, according to Alan Binder of Princeton University, to lose as many as 20,000,000 or more jobs due to continued outsourcing. Wage levels have stagnated or have been falling for decades, especially among the lower-earning segments of the working population.

Immigration, and especially illegal immigration, of low-skilled workers affects the lower income level of the American population disproportionately.

A recent survey found that more than 50 percent of immigrants (there was no distinction between legal and illegal) are on public assistance.

Why do we need more poor people, when we are drowning in an economic crisis and increasing numbers of Americans are out of work or can find only part-time work, and states and localities are facing budgetary crises due to the strains put on their abilities to fund these social services?

When are Americans like you folks who read The Nation going to realize that high levels of immigration and illegal immigration are simply importing more and more poverty, which is going to create future economic hardships for many, many Americans and may potentially destroy this country's social and economic infrastructures?