Inside the Beltway: The press in jeopardy

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— Bumper sticker spotted near Pasadena, Calif.


As always, there’s lots of feel good, eco-minded activities planned for Earth Day on Sunday. The Arbor Day Foundation will plant trees in 50 states while JetBlue will plant 80,000 trees to honor its customers. Assorted interest groups are pushing paperless offices, cloth diapers, sustainable housing, recycling, refillable ink cartridges, organic cosmetics and other green-minded niceties.

Then there’s Californians for Population Stabilization, a nonprofit group scheduled to begin a national TV campaign Friday proclaiming that “mass immigration to the U.S. is expanding the country’s massive carbon footprint.” The group includes a spate of Sierra Club members and academes on its board of directors and strongly supports increased border security, among other things.

“Because of American’s proclivity for conspicuous consumption, most environmentalists understand that population growth in the U.S. affects the environment,” says chairman Missy DeYoung. “However, many environmentalists won’t talk about the fact that immigration is the No. 1 factor driving U.S. population growth. It’s intellectually dishonest to think we can address population growth without addressing mass immigration.”

The group is not keen on the Department of Homeland Security’s “non-stop effort to eviscerate immigration laws,” according to an April 5 position paper.

“If you’re keeping score on how successful the anti-enforcement Obama administration has been, here’s a partial list of its dubious actions. Government efforts to protect or assist aliens include toll-free Department of Labor 800-numbers for illegal immigrants to report what they perceive as unfair wage practices, a White House-appointed ‘official alien advocate,’ as well as the aforementioned prosecutorial discretion and unlawful presence waivers,” says researcher Joe Guzzardi.


• 32 percent of Americans say that if Mitt Romney is elected president, he will bring about “change for the better” in the nation.

• 61 percent of Republicans, 11 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents agree.

• 7 percent overall say Mr. Romney will bring “change for the worse”; 1 percent of Republicans, 14 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of independents agree.

• 47 percent overall say he’ll bring “no change”; 25 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents agree.

• 55 percent overall say they are confident Mr. Romney will make the right decisions on the economy; 83 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents agree.

Source: A CBS News/New York Times poll of 957 U.S. adults conducted April 13 to 17.

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