Progressives for Immigration Reform is committed to the creation of a sustainable society in the United States, one that secures essential natural resources for future generations and preserves flourishing populations of all native species in perpetuity. It is our position that the United States will fail in these efforts, if we fail to stabilize our population. As David Brower, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, put it, at the dawn of the environmental movement: “We feel you don’t have a conservation policy unless you have a population policy.”
Progressives for Immigration Reform is committed to the creation of a just and flourishing society in the United States: one that provides ample economic opportunities for all Americans and where workers across all sectors of the economy can earn a decent living. We deplore the great increase in economic inequality in the United States in recent decades and support efforts to reverse it through progressive taxation, and progressive health care and economic policies. We believe that reducing current excessive immigration levels is one key to reversing the declining economic fortunes of the American worker.
The nation’s ongoing debate over the number of legal and illegal immigrants entering the country each year has raised legitimate questions about the sustainability of current U.S. immigration policies and the size of nation we wish to become.
Working people in developing countries should be enabled to improve the economic, health, security, social, and environmental conditions within their countries. This will require the United States to greatly increase its humanitarian assistance to the poorest countries of the world. The focus of such assistance should be to build the capacity of those countries to live in harmony with the natural resources available to them. Such development is in the interest of the United States, both to enhance global economic welfare and to end the population pressures that lead to poverty, loss of forests, loss of biodiversity, poor health, civil conflict, and other conditions that ultimately cause massive numbers of refugees and economically deprived people to abandon their homelands and risk their lives to try to enter the United States and other developed countries both legally and illegally.