Immigration has far-reaching effects on American society. The positiveeffects are well known; the negative effects are rarely discussed. A strongtaboo is at work here. But the simple fact is that immigration has important andfrequently deleterious effects upon our schools and prisons, our traffic andcrime rates, our health care and welfare systems, and on our job climate andeconomy.7 However, this paper focuses on the generally overlookedenvironmental portion of the broad range of effects that immigration has uponthe United States, and upon the Earth. Yes, we will see that some of theseeffects apply only to the United States. but that others affect the wholeworld.


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