According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our nation’s population reached the historic milestone of 300 million today at about 7:46 a.m. (EDT). They arrived at this calculation by estimating that the U.S. registers one birth every 7 seconds and one death every 13 seconds, while net international migration adds one person every 31 seconds. At that rate, the total population is increased by one person every 11 seconds. Interesting.
It was that nebulous mention of “net international migration” that I felt needed further exploration. How exactly did they reach this number of 300 million? Are they tallying illegal immigrants, I wondered. So I did a little digging.
As with all government research, they speak a language all their own – I believe, in an endeavor to confuse the average citizen, or perhaps to convince themselves they are smarter than everyone else – but vigorous re-reading netted the following:
Beginning with a base figure of 3.3 million in 1990, they added 225,000 net annual for each year thereafter until present. If my math is correct, that’s a total of 6.9 million.
Is that not a low estimate by most standards? Further exploration also brought me to other websites, one of which is called: “immigrationcounters.com”. Apprehensive at first, and expecting to find an agenda ready to slap me in the face, instead, I was surprised to find their data well supported. More surprising, was the 16.9 million people discrepancy between immigrationcounters calculations and that of the census bureau, whose data was not supported nearly as convincingly (to me, anyway).
What this all means, in light of our grand celebration of the 300 millionth “person” (note, I can’t say “citizen”) in our country today is that the whole thing is a farce. First of all, if anyone is actually interested in celebrating such a milestone, they should have marked their calendars somewhere around January 2002, or thereabouts. THAT would be closer to the time illegal immigrants helped to bring us to this imposing number.
But, since we’re all decked out already, dressed for all the parties that will no doubt be taking place all around the country today, I’d like to offer an alternative way of celebrating:
- Beef up border security (e.g., a fence, more border patrol, etc.).
- Initiate a system where employers can identify prospective employees as citizens.
- Institute stiff penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and actually follow through with consequences.
- Consider border patrol the serious Homeland Security issue it is.
- Just a thought: take a page from Mexico’s immigration policy handbook. When it comes to illegals, let’s make it as difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S. as it is to immigrate to Mexico.
400,000,000 is looming on the horizon and will be blindsiding us before you know it, I think we should stop trying to be so politically correct and deal with this as the problem it is, or when 400 million gets here, who knows what flag we’ll be hanging?