Immigration, Florida and Sprawl
“Florida is all too familiar with immigration-fueled urban sprawl. It adds 900 new people to its population each day, and more than half of that total are immigrants. That’s equivalent to adding the population of Orlando to the state every year. If this trend continues, more than 5 million acres of farms, forests and open space in Florida will be lost to development by 2070.”
Please read, share and discuss Glen Colton’s column in the TC Palm.
Colton explains that immigration levels are unsustainable at more than 1 million per year through the legal system and another 1 million this year through visa overstays and illegal border crossings.
“These levels of immigration are historically high.” he writes. And Floridians have felt the impact:
This sprawl doesn’t just lay waste to beautiful open spaces. It threatens our quality of life in other tangible ways.
Consider water pollution, for instance. Developers are paving over fertile cropland to construct housing developments, shopping centers and highways. To feed a growing population with less land, farmers will turn to harmful pesticides and fertilizers to boost their crop yields. And since we’re paving over natural land with impermeable asphalt and concrete, much of that fertilizer will run off into our water supply.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Colton names two immigration reforms that would go a long way toward putting America on the path to sustainability:
1) End chain migration
2) Require all businesses to use E-Verify
Spread the word.
Florida is all too familiar with immigration-fueled urban sprawl. It adds 900 new people to its population each day. https://t.co/KIwm05cLIK