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Currently the United States accepts over one million legal immigrants every year The number of illegal immigrants is probably exceeding that number by a long shot Seventy percent of the United States population growth is due to immigration This extreme number of immigrants has simply overwhelmed our countrys ability to continue to provide for newcomers and natives alike and in many cases has only added to Americas problems Our country is already burdened by under funded schools overcrowded prisons persistent unemployment increasingly violent crime accelerating resource depletion an ever-growing budget deficit and a rapidly decreasing quality of life The addition of over one million immigrants to our country every year will only make these problems worse and also more difficult to solve Every person leaves an eco-logical footprint on the Earth that amount which assuming it is endowed with an average amount of resources is necessary to sustain one human being indefinitely The average Americans ecological footprint is about 12 acres an area far greater than taken up by ones residence and place of school or work and other places where he or she is Those additional 12 acres supply the average American with food fiber and other resources as well as capacity for waste assimilation and disposal However with this being said this quantity of land necessary for each American cannot be met due to our increasing population This creates a serious threat to our limited natural resources such as topsoil forests clean air and water and healthy ecosystems If present trends of topsoil loss continue only 06 acres of arable land per person will be available in 2050 whereas more than 12 acres per person are needed to provide a diverse diet currently 16 acres of arable land are available Not only is our environment suffering from the current outpouring of immigration but our economy is also suffering to a great degree Harvard economist George Borjas has found no net economic
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