Immigration, as I have noted on many occasions, is not a single issue. It is, in fact, a singular issue insofar as immigration has a profound impact on nearly every challenge and threat that America and Americans face.
As a former INS special agent, I frequently focus on the nexus between immigration-related issues and national security and public safety.
In point of fact, this was the prediction for my recent article, Biden Cripples Immigration Law Enforcement: When Executive Orders handcuff agents – and set law violators free.
Today, however, I shift my focus to the impact that open borders and sanctuary policies of the Biden administration have on the environment as record numbers of aliens flood into the United States. Biden’s policies have encouraged and enticed huge numbers of aliens, not just from Latin America, but from all over the world, to head for the United States by whatever means possible.
Each person who enters the United States needs far more than a bed to sleep in. Each person has an environmental/ecological footprint because everyone requires food, water, electricity, sewerage, housing, transportation, access to medical treatment, education and other such necessities.
The Biden administration is “all in” on the notion of climate change and the impact that human activities have on the release of carbon dioxide, a so-called “green house gas” into the earth’s atmosphere.
The Biden administration continually raises the issue of “sustainability.”
You would therefore imagine that Mr. Biden and the members of his administration would be determined to protect the environment and make certain that limited resources are not stretched to the breaking point.
However, even as America’s the water levels of many reservoirs in America fall, Biden’s immigration policies have aided, abetted and encouraged a human tsunami of aliens to flood across our nation’s borders.
On June 7, 2021 Yahoo News reported, California and much of the American West face mega-drought brought on by climate change.
I began my commentary by noting the environmental footprint of each person in the United States. Let’s consider what this really means.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that on average, each person uses 82 gallons of water each day.
Consider this excerpt from the EPA website:
- According to a 2014 Government Accountability Report, 40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade.
- Each American uses an average of 82 gallons of water a day at home (USGS, Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2015).
Farmland LP, not unlike other websites, estimates that each person requires about one acre of farmland to provide food for that one person.
The Maryland Cooperative Extension website posted a Fact Sheet on the topic, Estimating Irrigation Water Requirements. This fact sheet noted, in part: “The peak water use rate for vegetables and most grain crops falls between 0.2 and 0.25 inches per day (5,500 to 7,000 gallons per acre per day). The peak water use rate for high-yielding grain corn can reach 0.33 inches per day (9,000 gallons per acre per day).”
As more people enter the United States, the need for electricity also increases.
The demand for transportation also increases, whether we are considering mass transit or cars. Congestion becomes a factor. As congestion increases, more vehicles spew more toxic gasses into the atmosphere, especially as per more vehicles compete for already overloaded highways.
When we plan parties or other such gatherings, we are mindful of the resources we have to invite friends and family into our homes. We generally start out with a list of those we would like to invite but have to whittle it down as the reality of our limited resources has to be confronted.
Those we ultimately remove from the list are not people we hate, fear or dislike, we simply understand as the Clint Eastwood character “Dirty Harry” tersely sneered into the camera, “A man has got to know his limitations.”
Similarly the Biden administration must accept our nation’s limitations and act accordingly and responsibly by finally securing our borders and enforcing our nation’s immigration laws fairly and effectively.
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