The Environment of Immigration


I was recently asked about my stance on immigration, and recognized the significance of creating walls, being that we are a nation of immigrants. Topically, today’s version of immigration is laden with stigmas of racism and xenophobia. One is either “for” or “against” immigration, when the parameters are actually one of the human community and not entirely defined by walls or paper. One of Wisconsin’s most iconic leaders and the creator of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson, once spoke of immigration. According to Senator Nelson, one could not be an advocate for the environment and in favor of immigration simultaneously, as they conflict in principle. Indeed, the more crowded certain areas become, the greater strain on resources in those regions. Is it wise to employ a more laissez-faire immigration policy if the result includes a broad disruption of fragile ecosystems? Through the lens of the environmentalist, without the tint of hate, the shifting of populations is certainly a global concern. Travel bans and like policy are not part of this campaign. The wall shares no love, and individuals affected by the DREAM Act should be embraced by America as outlined in President Obama’s legislation. Moving forward, the United States needs to have a neutral, efficient, and thorough immigration system balanced with a keen eye on geographic areas that are especially environmentally sensitive to the planet.



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