Progressives for Immigration Reform is a nonprofit organization seeking to educate the public on the unintended consequences of mass migration. PFIR supports economic policies that protect workers’ rights, increase wages for less affluent Americans and decrease economic inequality. Integral to our beliefs are backing environmental policies that preserve habitat for wildlife and conserve resources for future generations.
PFIR agrees with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, which wrote in 1996: “Managing population growth, resources, and wastes is essential to ensuring that the total impact of these factors is within the bounds of sustainability. Stabilizing the population without changing consumption and waste production patterns would not be enough, but it would make an immensely challenging task more manageable. In the United States, each is necessary; neither alone is sufficient.”
We stand with David Brower, legendary conservationist and former executive director of the Sierra Club, who said in the 1960s: “We feel you don’t have a conservation policy unless you have a population policy” as well. We also stand with his successors in the Club in the 1980s, who, testifying before the U.S. Select Committee on Immigration and Refugee Reform, said: “Immigration to the U.S. should be no greater than that which will permit achievement of population stabilization in the U.S.” (sources: Stewart Udall, The Quiet Crisis, 1966; “Sierra Club Population Report,” Spring 1989)
PFIR concurs with the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (commonly called the Jordan Commission, after its chairman, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan). From the 1997 report: “The Commission decries hostility and discrimination against immigrants as antithetical to the traditions and interests of the country. At the same time, we disagree with those who would label efforts to control immigration as being inherently anti-immigrant. Rather, it is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interests.”
As well, PFIR agrees with Samuel Gompers, the founder and president of the American Federation of Labor, A. Philip Randolph, Cesar Chavez and many labor leaders over the past hundred years, who argued for limiting immigration in order to strengthen unions and improve conditions for American workers. As Gompers, himself an immigrant, stated in a letter to Congress dated March 19, 1924:
“Every effort to enact immigration legislation must expect to meet a number of hostile forces and, in particular, two hostile forces of considerable strength.
One of these is composed of corporation employers who desire to employ physical strength (broad backs) at the lowest possible wage and who prefer a rapidly revolving labor supply at low wages to a regular supply of American wage earners at fair wages.
The other is composed of racial groups in the United States who oppose all restrictive legislation because they want the doors left open for an influx of their countrymen regardless of the menace to the people of their adopted country.”