Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Anti-Immigration Fanatics Using Environmental Arguments

The environmental movement has a long history of using anti-immigration arguments to push their agenda. This goes back to the late 19th century. The historical connection between the two movements has never entirely disappeared. A group called Californians for Population Stabilization is launching ads claiming that reduced immigration "will save the Earth."

This is ridiculous on its face. Any environmentalist knows that nature doesn't respect national boundaries. Keeping people in Mexico isn't going to keep environmental problems out of the U.S. Not to mention the fact that the real root of many environmental problems is massive consumption by the world's rich, not overpopulation. But these anti-immigrant racists don't care about facts; rather, they are just marshaling whatever they can to push their agenda of hate.