In the pursuit of reforming the US’ immigration system, the main figure leading the charge for the opposition is not a restrictionist Republican but an environmentalist. Roy H. Beck was recently profiled in an article in The New York Times detailing how he and his small, but determined band of anti-immigrant activists have made immigration a hot potato issue that is tantamount to a third rail. Despite his small budget he and his merry band of nativists have had an impact.
In their profile of Roy H. Beck, his environmentalist credentials are sound. In their profile of Beck, The New York Times points out:
Mr. Beck, a former environmental journalist who once worked at The Grand Rapids Press and The Cincinnati Enquirer, said he did not feel the rage toward immigrants that he is able to marshal in others. He said that he voted for Mr. Obama in 2008, and he is consistently described by his critics as genial and nonconfrontational. But he says that the rise in immigration levels is destroying the United States — both the environment and employment opportunities for the working class — and is angry at what he considers complicity by the government on the immigrants’ behalf.
While the country once admitted about 250,000 legal immigrants annually, he said, the number has ballooned to one million, which does not include those who come illegally. Mr. Beck is pressing to cut legal immigration to 500,000 people a year.
Beck distances himself and NumberUSA from any connection to John Tanton stating that they have worked independent of Tanton for the past twelve years. However, Beck is not only a founder of NumbersUSA but subscribes to the same nativist sentiment as Tanton. His is a bit more subtle about it. It is also a fact that, along with the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA was started by John Tanton. Even if Beck and Tanton deny any racism on their part, their ethics most assuredly are anti-human since viewing humans as a cancer upon the Earth is an axiom of environmentalist thought.
Consider these quotes by David Foreman the founder of Earth First!:
We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.
Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.
Dave Foreman is associated with a group named Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and another green nativist group named Apply the Brakes. CAPS was the recipient of funds from a pro-eugenics, white supremacist group called The Pioneer Fund. CAPS’ board members are also mostly environmentalists share leadership with NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies.
Population growth enhances, and does not degrade, the environment. It is only true if someone accepts the environmentalist idea that people (especially immigrants) are pollution which is what people like Roy H. Beck and John Tanton ultimately subscribe to.