I joined NumbersUSA many years ago when, as a liberal, I was looking for an organization that reflected my concerns about the effect of our high rate of immigration on population increase and on low wages and high unemployment among blue collar and particularly black Americans without attacking or demeaning immigrants. I read a fine interview with Roy Beck in the New York Times and immediately joined. NumbersUSA explicitly condemns hostile views of immigrants and focuses its attention entirely on immigration policy. If you have followed Roy Beck's blogs on the NumbersUSA website you know that he has a lifelong commitment to civil rights and a particular concern for the economic well being of the most vulnerable Americans. As a former environmental journalist he is also concerned about the population increase being driven by immigration. NumbersUSA, as its website says, in concerned with the immigration rate, not who the immigrants are or where they come from. I'm an Old Left, Bernie Sanders liberal who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and according to the New York Times, so did Roy Beck (Davis, 2014). NumbersUSA is the best source on the web for real immigration news (no, they don't print stuff about crimes by illegal immigrants, but they do report on bills introduced in Congress). NumbersUSA is a responsible and honest voice in an important national debate.
Davis, Julie Hirschfeld, 2014. Genial Force Behind Bitter Opposition to Immigration Overhaul: Roy H. Beck Leads a Grass-Roots Army. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/us/politics/roy-h-beck-quietly-leads-a-grass-roots-army.html?rref=homepage&module=Ribbon&version=origin®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Home%20Page&pgtype=article&_r=0
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