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Foresight, courage lacking

Dear Editor:As an immigrant with 10 years of prior experience working for immigration law firms, helping people immigrate to the United States, I would like to respond to your article, “Immigrants want work” (Aspen Times Weekly, June 10).The U.S. population almost quadrupled in the last century. If this country quadruples its population one more time, we’ll have over 1.1 billion people by 2100 – within the lifetimes of today’s children’s children! Should Americans deforest other countries and drill on foreign soil to increase its import of oil and wood to meet the demands of our constantly increasing population?In addition, according to Professor David Pimental, who teaches Environmental Policy at Cornell University, for the last 10 years, each person added to the U.S. population requires one acre of land for urbanization and highways. If the United States continues to lose some 2 million acres of farmland a year to development, where will Americans grow food to feed its exploding population?Foresight, courage and critical thinking are what most American leaders lack.Yeh Ling-LingExecutive DirectorDiversity Alliance for a Sustainable AmericaOakland, Calif.

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