We are stifling ourselves with growth

I went to the immigrant rights meeting at the Land Trust on Jan. 20. As I expected, it was all about how badly refugees are treated at the border and what is with our government for being so mean. After the presentation by Molly Matter, there was a short Q and A.

I stood first to ask my pet question: “Have you been asking Americans to have fewer children to make room for immigrants, and are you asking immigrants to do the same?” Molly told me thanks; that’s a good question but I won’t answer it.

When I stood to ask my second question, they told me they wouldn’t take any more of mine. The question I wanted to ask was: “When immigrants are adjudicated for entry to America, who pays the legal bill? Do they not have to pay off a dept like college graduates?”

None of my questions were answered. Like I’ve said so many times before: “We’re stifling ourselves with growth.”

Toward the end of the meeting, the host asked us to suggest some things we could do to help with the cause. Again I stood and reminded the audience: “Remember the beginning of the environmental movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s; remember when the message was ‘stop at two kids.’ Maybe it’s time to move ahead and have fewer children.”

If Americans aren’t willing to frown on excess fertility, we better build the wall.

— Jeff Schnelz

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