Let’s see if you can answer the following multiple choice question. Which one of the following groups strongly recommended highly restricted immigration policies:
a. The Republican Party
d. The Sierra Club
If you chose “d,” you are correct. I was unaware of the Sierra Club’s history of being virulently anti-immigrant. I suspect you are also.
[Source: Your Choice: A Green America, Or A Brown America, by Ann Coulter]
In a recent article, Ann Coulter outlines the history of the Sierra Club’s policies on immigration. To say that they were “against immigration” would be an understatement.
[From the Coulter article] In 1970, the club adopted a resolution complaining that the country’s growing population was polluting the “air, water and land” — to the point that “our very survival (is) threatened.” In 1978, the Sierra Club adopted a resolution urging Congress to “conduct a thorough examination of U.S. immigration laws,” noting that the United States, Canada and Australia were the only countries admitting “more than a handful of permanent immigrants.”
In 1980, the club dropped its promotion of birth control, in order to focus on immigration. “It is obvious,” the club said, “that the numbers of immigrants the United States accepts affects our population size and growth rate,” even more than “the number of children per family.” Again in 1989, the club’s Population Report expressly called for reducing the number of immigrants. In 1990, the club’s grassroots leaders voted overwhelmingly to launch a major national campaign on the immigration problem.
Hmm. Why is it that you (and I) are unaware of this history? It turns out that “altruism” can be subverted with CASH! Hedge fund billionaire David Gelbaum didn’t like the Sierra Club’s position on immigration. So, did he go to them with charts and graphs showing they were wrong? Not really. Instead he went with one small, simple piece of paper – a check for $100 million. However, the environmental group was required to never again oppose immigration, else it must return the “donation.”
The club said, “How dare you ask us to abandon our principles for money!” Oops, that’s not what happened. They said, “No problem,” and deposited that truly compelling “argument” on the “one small, simple piece of paper.”
So, if you didn’t get the correct answer on the multiple choice question it is because you haven’t heard that position from the “environmentalists” for 20 years or so.