Turning nativism into a case for poverty

Daniel Griswold spots some anti-humanitarian arguments from an anti-immigration group:

[T]he Center for Immigration Studies released a report this morning with the headline, “Immigration to U.S. Increases Global Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.” The report argues that immigration “significantly increases world-wide CO2 emissions because it transfers population from lower-polluting parts of the world to the United States, which is a higher-polluting country.”

What the CIS study is really arguing is that rich people pollute more than poor people, so the world would be better off if more people remained poor.

I suspect the Center for Immigration Studies is more concerned about immigration than climate change, so they’d be happy if more people became rich, provided they stayed out of the United States. Concerns about pollution are just a cover. CIS: “Immigration helps people, so we’re against it.” Sheesh.