NEW REPORT: U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE OVERWHELMED BY INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS
By Frosty Wooldridge
January 15, 2009
On January 13, 2009, at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, the true costs of unending illegal and legal migration into the United States scorch the pocketbooks of all American citizens.
A new report by famed researcher Edwin Rubenstein exposed the costs of unending migration into the U.S. at: “$1.6 Trillion Needed to Repair and Maintain Nation's Hospitals, Schools, Parks, Water Supply, Bridges, and Basic Infrastructures.”
“Immigration policies need to go hand-in-hand with decisions to repair the deteriorating U.S. infrastructure, according to a unique new report released on January 13, 2009,” a spokesperson said.
The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," by researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein, was released by the Social Contract Press on January 13 at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
“Immigration will be responsible for more than 80 percent of the spending needed to expand infrastructure capability between now and mid-century, according to the report. Ed Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal, hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems,” reported Fran Griffin of Griffin Communications. “The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $1.6 trillion dollars is needed to repair and maintain U.S. infrastructure in next 5 years. The massive influx of immigrants into the U.S. is increasing the demands on an overburdened infrastructure, much of which was built shortly after World War II and is outdated and deteriorating.”
Edwin S. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and economics journalist, worked as an editor for Forbes Magazine and economics editor of National Review. He also served as a senior economist for W. R. Grace & Company, where he directed studies on waste and inefficiency in the federal government for the Grace Commission. He became an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and research director of the Hudson Institute. The author of two books, The Right Data (1994) and From Empire State to the Vampire State: New York in a Downward Transition, he has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, the Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times.
"If the infrastructure crisis could be fixed by spending money, there would be no crisis," Mr. Rubenstein explained. "Since 1987, capital spending on transportation infrastructure has increased by 2.1 percent per year above the inflation rate. At $233 billion (2004 dollars), infrastructure is already one of the largest categories of government spending. Our infrastructure is 'crumbling' because population growth has overwhelmed the ability of even these vast sums to expand capacity.
"The immigration debate needs to be framed in terms of resource depletion, declining infrastructure, and simple fairness," Ed Rubenstein stated. "Population growth requires additional capacity and increases the rate of depreciation of the existing infrastructure. Immigration policy must play a role in making decisions about U.S. infrastructure."
"The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure" report was released at a News Conference at 1 p.m. on January 13 in the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W., in Washington, D.C. Advance copies of the report were available for review by working journalists.
In order to fully understand the dire consequences accelerating at the hands of mass legal and illegal immigration, another report by the Heritage Foundation, led by Robert Rector, illustrates further consequences of mass immigration. If the Obama administration passes an amnesty for the minimum estimated 20 million illegal aliens within the USA, the price tag starts at $3 trillion to legalize them. If criminal aliens within the U.S. actually number 30 million as some reports estimate, the price tag rises to $5 trillion.
Do you think Obama understands his and our predicament of sheer hyper-population overload? Answer: no! Obama voted to DOUBLE legal immigration from 1.2 million annually to 2.4 million annually as to S.B.1639 in June 2007 as a U.S. Senator.
Beyond that, “U.S. Population Projections” by Fogel/Martin, March 2006, show immigration driving the United States to an unprecedented additional 100 million people by 2035. Out of that mind-numbing number, 70 million will be third world immigrants—right out of the entrenched cultures of endless poverty—sure to create a whole new meaning of poverty in the USA: “Systemic Poverty.” In other words, we cannot and will not solve it. It will become a part of our culture, much like Mexico or India.
I don’t know about you, but those figures terrify the daylights out of me! Why? I witnessed what ‘they’ look like in my world travels. In a few words: depressing and devastating!
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