“HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS SHOULD THE U.S. ALLOW?”
Since the day Fox News Channel higher-ups were forced to rid themselves of Bill O’Reilly, the “King of Cable Ratings” for “sexually-tinged” peccadillos, Tucker Carlson has filled that time slot. Innumerable times, Tucker has tried to embarrass pro-immigration guests with this question: “How many immigrants should we allow?”
For some unknown reason, Tucker, who has hosted shows on CNN and MSNBC and been fired from them, has strenuously taken an anti-immigrant position that outshines his colleague Laura Ingraham (She who suggested that immigrant children taken away from their families by immigration cops were attending “summer camp”) and every other Fox host including Sean Hannity. He keeps asking, when did Americans vote to allow any immigrants in much less in the numbers that have since 1965,
Most guests stumble around and don’t give rational answers for the simple reason that neither they nor many other pro-immigrant people have ever calculated an answer to that question. The United States, until Donald Trump became President, was the world-class champion in allowing immigrants into the U.S.
Here are the numbers from 2016: 1,183,505 immigrants were granted permanent residence (Green Cards);172,726 were Mexican; 77,658 were Chinese (both Mainland China and Taiwan), Cuba – 66,120, India-61,691 and the Dominican Republic-60,613. Because none of these were “Norwegians” as President Trump has waxed he would prefer “Norwegians” to people from “S-hole” countries, like Haiti and African countries. It’s not a stretch to think that Trump thinks Mexico, India, China, Cuba or the Dominican Republic are also such countries.
If Tucker were to ask me how many immigrants the U.S. should allow, my answer would be complicated, perhaps too complicated for simple minds, because it would include these numbers:
1. Fact number one, the United States is experiencing 1764.5 births per 1000 which is not enough to maintain our population; our population must grow to a higher birth rate of 2100 per 1000 women just to stay even. We have been below replacement rate since 1971. What is the number of immigrants needed to equal babies not being born?
2. Fact number two, Baby Boomer workers are retiring at 10,000-a-day. Who will replace them. The median age of Mexican Americans in the U.S. is 26. That is who will replace some of the retiring Baby Boomers. Generally, the 26-year-old Mexican American is the son/daughter of a Mexican immigrant, legal or otherwise.
3. Fact number three, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 60,069,971 babies were “aborted” in the U.S. since 1973. Our society and economy are based on those babies being born and growing into adults. They would be replacing the 10,000 baby boomers leaving the work force every day. A baby aborted in 1973 would be 45 today; a baby aborted in 2000 would be 18 today and either entering the work force to replace a Baby Boomer or entering college when we need more college graduates in science, mathematics, engineering and physics.
So, how many immigrants would I want to allow into the United States? Well, we would need to fill the gap between our current birth rate that has been below replacement level since 1971. We would need to replace the 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day so as not to disrupt the economy. And we would need to replace all the babies that have been aborted since 1973. Anyone notice the confluence of dropping replacement births with the jump in abortions in 1973?
Tucker, the answer to your question is simple: More immigrants than you and President Trump want to allow are needed. You want a number? Looks to me like maybe 3, 4, or 5 million new immigrants per year might get us growing again, might fill empty jobs and might make America grow again. If we don’t grow, we die. Just look at Japan today, look at Russia and look at Germany in 20 years. If we don’t grow, Tucker, we die.