U.S. Immigration Policy - Environmental Impact Statement
Welcome to the website for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on United States Immigration Policy. This project aims to develop a thorough, objective analysis of the ecological impacts of U.S. immigration policy, so that policy decisions can be made in full knowledge of those impacts. It is an interdisciplinary team effort, led by principal investigator Leon Kolankiewicz and coordinated by Progressives for Immigration Reform.
The main policy question to be evaluated in this EIS is the following:
- At what level should Congress set annual immigration into the United States?
Further questions to address that might bear on this issue include the following:
- How would different immigration levels lead to different U.S. population sizes, fifty or one hundred years from now?
- How would different numbers of Americans change our cumulative environmental impacts, regarding air pollution, wildlife habitat and farm land losses, water withdrawals from natural systems, or national greenhouse gas emissions?
- What total U.S. population is ecologically sustainable, over the long term?
- How does U.S. immigration policy influence the population policies of other nations, or the reproductive decisions of their citizens?
This website was created to share information and provide interested parties with the opportunity to weigh in on the work of the EIS. So far, we have completed a preliminary “scoping” process, soliciting public comment on the proper scope and parameters of this study; developed initial population projections, under different immigration scenarios; and selected the alternatives for detailed comparison and analysis in the EIS. Feel free to share comments and suggestions with the researchers at any stage in the process.