May 6, 2013
Many proponents of open immigration policy believe that it is one of the best ways to combat global poverty and help those who cannot afford to take care of themselves. As immigration expert Roy Beck explains, however, this is simply not the answer.
Not only do a large percentage of immigrants coming into the United States actually qualify as much more financially stable than the billions around the globe who make less than a few dollars per day, but Beck’s Numbers USA  research group says that expanding the number of those entering the country would actually be detrimental for everyone. Besides the economic issues that coming along with expanding the allowed immigration numbers from 1 to 2 million per year, the demographic of the immigrants is such that it really does not pull much from the billions who are stricken with severe poverty.
‘Open Borders = Economic Collapse’
Perhaps most importantly, Beck explains how if the annual US immigration numbers are too high, it would ultimately cause the economic infrastructure of the nation to collapse. Numbers like the 57 million immigrants that Breitbart reports  may be allowed to enter the country in the near future. At this point, everyone loses to economic collapse.
But of course there has to be a solution, as blocking off immigrants and letting billions around the world starve is simply not something that makes sense. Also, just helping a few hundred thousand a year or so that are actually poor is something. As Beck explains in the video using gumballs to represent data from the World Bank , the answer really amounts to helping the billions hit with hunger and financial strain within their own nations. It’s simply not feasible to allow everyone into the country who is hit by extreme poverty, and it’s really not for selfish reasons.
If the immigration issue is left to political debate and emotional response, it may ultimately end up in everyone’s loss. Beck’s demonstration with the gumballs in this video is a perfect example of how we can use reason and data in such a scenario to determine the best possible outcome.
This post originally appeared at Story Leak