In this issue of The Social Contract, a group of experts assembled by Brenda Walker discuss the significance of the
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Against the public interest, at the very time that Americans were adopting population stabilization in their personal lives, Congress opened the door to massive population growth by the 1965 Immigration Act. Historian Theodore White, an admirer of Lyndon Johnson, confessed that the 1965 Immigration Act was “probably the most thoughtless of the many acts of the Great Society.” He went on to admit in his book, America in Search of Itself (1982), the changes brought about by the 1965 Immigration Act may end up being key contributing factors in “What could become a catastrophe—the tide of immigration, legal and illegal, pouring into this country. For the under swell, neither the census nor any other authority can provide fully reliable measurements. One starts with the obvious: The United States has lost one of the cardinal attributes of sovereignty—it no longer controls its own borders....”
As time goes on, the problems associated with continuing population growth mount. Our authors offer suggestions on how we can deal with these issues. We welcome the thoughts of readers.