Understanding the Immigration Problem

This is one of the most concise demonstrations I have seen about the immigration issue. The discussion is primarily fueled by one of my personal favorite studies (I know, I’m a nerd): Demographics.

Now, if you are unfamiliar with demographics, your first reaction to the numbers might be something along the lines of, “yeah, but statistical projections can’t really be trusted as reliable.” Actually, I would totally agree with this statement for nearly all projected studies – EXCEPT studies concerning demographics. Demographic Trends are the one area where predictions can actually be trusted as accurate. Here’s the simple reason why:

Let’s say you are trying to predict the amount of actual (ethnic) Italians there will be at some future date. All you have to do to predict the number there will be in, say, 20 years, is to look at the number of Italian births today and the current birth rate. The number of future Italians obviously cannot be greater than the number of current Italian births. Human babies do not multiply. Most likely – the future number will be smaller, due to deaths or inverse immigration.

You can now clearly see why demographic projections can be trusted. Of course – like all projections, the numbers are not 100% accurate – but the prediction of trends will be true, given that changes in birth rates do not take place.

So with that in mind – please consider the following demonstration carefully.

Oh – and one very important thing to point out first (Beck mentions this in the full clip): This discussion IS NOT Anti-Immigrant. This is exactly what you will be told, though, when this issue is discussed in the media and by some politicians. “Anyone who is anti-immigration, dislikes, and is against immigrants.” This is absolutely false and deceptive. The truth is – a persons outlook on immigrants, is a completely separate issue from their thoughts on immigration policy. As Beck puts is, “If you get angry [at the numbers and ideas presented], don’t get angry at immigrants. If you’re angry, the place to put your anger is on public officials who have set immigration numbers without regard to their effect on American people.”

Here’s the abridged version (9:35)

Here is the full lecture (16:54)


2 Responses to “Understanding the Immigration Problem”

  1. Ben Hanes Says:

    I want gumballs…

  2. Mike Says:

    I would like some gumballs as well

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