Ben Whitford: Does immigration hurt the environment?

Ben Whitford: Does immigration hurt the environment?

  • What? Of course immigration hurts the environment! Most environmental damage has been caused by descendants of Europeans who immigrated to the United States. So I guess that means the solution is to turn the stolen continent back to its original caretakers.
  • Me, I don’t care how many immigrants we have, illegal or otherwise. Most of my ancestors were illegal immigrants, and many of them were killed when local Native American anti-immigration policies were enforced. My ancestors’ generation was ultimately able to force their way in and kill off most of the native population, though, so I can hardly grandstand against any immigrants who merely want to live here, work here, and raise a family here. It’s not like they’re shooting at me from moving trains.
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