In a nutshell, NumbersUSA is dedicated to immigration reduction. Roy Beck founded the organization in 1996. Beck believed that when immigration laws were implemented, the “balance of immigration” should be considered with regard to democracy and the environment.
Beck’s philosophy was that America had enough resources for its population, so he wanted to limit the number of immigrants coming into the country from other countries. He also felt that adopting an open-door policy does not maintain cultural integrity or respect for those who came before you and what they sacrificed to build this nation.
So, in the beginning, NumbersUSA only focused on stopping illegal immigration and promoting the importance of family reunification. However, as the organization grew during the 2000s, it began to address some of the root causes of illegal immigration: poverty and ignorance. Beck began working with policymakers at both state and federal levels to ensure that legal immigrants were not forced into situations that would force their remittances home to family members in their native countries.
The group also strived to raise awareness about how much immigrants and people who come here legally contribute to America’s economy through taxes, jobs, spending and other forms of revenue. Beck believed that if people could recognize how immigrants were making an impact on their communities, they would be able to understand how important it was to encourage legal, documented immigration.
Through its civil forums: NumbersUSA Action and NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation, it enlightens the public, leaders, and policymakers on dangers posed by high immigration numbers on environmental, economic, and American Quality of Life.
Beck initially wanted NumbersUSA to be a national organization that could work with local activists in all 50 states. Still, opposition from other movement leaders at the time made it difficult for small groups outside of D.C. and California to take on an official role. So Beck decided that the best way for his organization to survive and thrive was to focus its efforts on Washington, D.C., and a few key states where he believed change would happen first.
NumbersUSA’s efforts during the early 2000s were successful when it focused on gaining traction with state legislators. Beck says that the organization’s success has led people to overlook many of its victories during this time. If you want to learn more, just click here.
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