Panel Video: Immigration, Population, and the Environment

Experts Debate Impact of Current Policies

By Philip Cafaro and Bryan Griffith on August 31, 2009

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It is well-documented that current U.S. immigration policies will increase Americas population by about 100 million people over the next half-century. Past attempts to restructure the federal immigration program have often included debates on education, assimilation, health care, labor, and many other issues. But the environmental impact of immigration-driven population growth is usually missing from the discussion, despite the fact that environmental concerns are high on the Obama Administrations priority list.

Philip Cafaro