Fact Check: Rep. Beyer wrong about immigration and population growth

Recently, Rep. Don Beyer was fact checked on his claim that U.S. population would actually shrink if legal immigration were reduced, but his claim was rated “mostly false” by Politifact. I hope you will not believe anyone who says that mass immigration is required to grow or sustain America’s population.

Politifact, relying on data from Pew, said:

“But the Pew study — citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau — undercuts much of Beyer’s claim. It says, ‘If no immigrants had entered the country after 1965, when the U.S. population numbered 193 million, the nation’s population still would have grown — to 252 million people by 2015, rather than 324 million.'”

Moreover, Politifact stated that America’s population would continue to grow after 2015, even if no new immigrants were admitted:

“Moving forward, Pew projects the U.S. population to expand from 324 million last year to 441 million in 2065 — a 36 percent increase. With no immigration after 2015, Pew says the population still would grow but only to 338 million in 2065. That would be a 4 percent increase over 50 years.”

I hope you will read Pew’s research and accept that America doesn’t need mass immigration to thrive.

Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA

Author: Greg Raven

I am deeply concerned about quality of life issues.