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Grand Forks Herald | 07/05/2004 | MAILBAG: Cut back immigration before solving water woes

Grand Forks Herald | 07/05/2004 | MAILBAG: Cut back immigration before solving water woes
Posted on Mon, Jul. 05, 2004

MAILBAG: Cut back immigration before solving water woes
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - It is refreshing to see the Herald use the legally correct term for foreign nationals who are in our nation illegally - illegal aliens. The ability to use clear and unmistakable words is shrinking in our media. The terms most often used are undocumented workers, illegal immigrants or just immigrants. So thanks for whomever at the Herald sets the standards for usage.

My other comment is in response to a letter from Louis Fraser, whose theme can be summed up in its headline, "Use Midwestern floodwaters to ease Western states' drought".

I've had the same thoughts, but there is an unintended consequence that we surely must consider. In the manner of "If you build it, they will come," we in California already have shifted water from agricultural to urban use - and our population is going up by 6 million a decade.

Immigration is the motor that drives that massive population growth. If we bring more water, there will be no excuse not to pave over every square mile of open land.

Among the most wonderful of achievements by our great-grandparents was the willingness to cut back immigration numbers to a trickle, until our social, civic and physical infrastructures could catch up. We have not followed that wise example for 40 years.

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