Last November, Californians for Population Stabilization joined a federal lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Reform Law Institute against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for their failures to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.
According to IRLI, between 1990 and 2010, the U.S. population grew by more than 60 million people because of “expansive immigration policies and lax enforcement.” The historically high immigration-fueled population growth resulted in numerous, significant negative environmental impacts. Yet even during this period of accelerated, unprecedented immigration, DHS and its predecessor, Immigration and Naturalization Services, flouted NEPA’s mandate to evaluate the environmental impacts of their policies, and failed to produce a legally required environmental impact study.
IRLI alleges that federal immigration policies require a NEPA review. Immigration brings about one million legal permanent residents to the U.S. annually. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of non-immigrants come to the U.S. each year on various temporary visas. Add to this the non-enforcement of immigration laws, and the failure to secure the northern and southern border, and the numbers mount. ... Read the full story by Joe Guzzardi.