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About Progressives for Immigration Reform

Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) is a non-profit organization seeking to educate the public on the unintended consequences of mass migration. PFIR supports economic policies that protect workers' rights, increase wages for less affluent Americans and decrease economic inequality. We also back environmental policies that preserve habitat for wildlife and conserve resources for future generations.

PFIR agrees with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, which wrote in 1996: “Managing population growth, resources, and wastes is essential to ensuring that the total impact of these factors is within the bounds of sustainability. Stabilizing the population without changing consumption and waste production patterns would not be enough, but it would make an immensely challenging task more manageable. In the United States, each is necessary; neither alone is sufficient.”

The Council also wrote: “The federal government should fund research on the environmental and economic effects of migration to the United States and population growth in general to inform immigration and other demographic policies.” PFIR has taken on its EIS project (with no government funding) precisely in order to develop the more comprehensive, more objective understanding of immigration and population issues called for by the Council.

PFIR agrees with David Brower, legendary conservationist and former executive director of the Sierra Club. Back in the 1960s, Brower said: “We feel you don’t have a conservation policy unless you have a population policy” as well.

Finally, PFIR concurs with the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (commonly called the Jordan Commission, after its chairman, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan). In its 1997 report, it stated: “The Commission decries hostility and discrimination against immigrants as antithetical to the traditions and interests of the country. At the same time, we disagree with those who would label efforts to control immigration as being inherently anti-immigrant. Rather, it is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interests.”

Environmentalist David Brower
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Contact Us:

Progressives for Immigration Reform
888 16th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
phone: 202-543-5325
fax: 202-543-5332
toll-free: 866-331-PFIR
info @ pfirdc . org