Schumer Says DACA Amnesty Necessary To Spike U.S. Population

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asserted that providing amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is necessary to raise the United States population — despite the fact that the U.S. population has hit a record of 331.9 million people.

During a press conference alongside other Senate Democrats, Schumer urged ten Senate Republicans to sign on to legislation providing amnesty for 3.3 million illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for former President Barack Obama’s DACA program. Providing these illegal aliens with amnesty would give them green cards to remain in the U.S. permanently, and to eventually gain naturalized American citizenship.

In an attempt to argue for GOP support for the legislation, Schumer claimed that amnesty was necessary in order to spike the U.S. population and raise the low birth rates among Americans.

“We have a population that is not reproducing on its own at the same level that it used to,” the majority leader said. “The only way we’re going to have a great future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants, the DREAMers, and all of them.”

Of course, the Democrats don’t want to stop at providing citizenship for those enrolled in DACA. Schumer went on to openly admit that their “ultimate goal” is to give amnesty to all of the 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living across the country.

According to reporting from Breitbart News, “The suggestion comes as the U.S. population has increased to the highest total in history, hitting 331,893,745 residents in 2021, driven mostly by legal immigration. For comparison, the population in 1970 stood at 203 million residents.”

“At current legal immigration levels, whereby more than a million foreign nationals are given green cards annually, the nation’s foreign-born population is expected to hit 70 million by 2060. In 1970, the foreign-born population was fewer than ten million,” the outlet added.

Schumer’s assertion that providing amnesty for illegal immigrants would help to raise the United States’ birth rates is unlikely, as fertility rates among foreign-born Americans have actually decreased more rapidly than those among native-born Americans, according to recent data.

“The total fertility rate for all women (immigrant and native-born) in America in 2019 was 1.76. Excluding immigrants, it would be 1.69 — the rate for natives. The difference is .06 children, or a 4 percent increase in overall total fertility rate in the United States,” research from the Center for Immigration Studies shows, which suggests that increased immigration would have a minimal impact on the U.S.’s low birth rate.

A potential solution that goes unmentioned by Democrats, and even most Republicans, is the idea of creating incentives such as a national family agenda to help boost American birth rates.

The government of Hungary previously implemented such an agenda, which focused on economic initiatives that made it less expensive for parents to raise children while working. Since 2010, the fertility rate in Hungary has increased from 1.25 to 1.59 births per woman.