How many people does the U.S. need before it should shut down all immigration?

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For example, the U.S. should halt immigration once it reaches 400,000,000 people. Yes or no?
  1. U.S. should eventually halt all immigration

    6 votes
    1. Yes
    2. No

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  • @brontoraptor, welcome to Debateisland.  I will argue against limiting immigration based on absolute headcount number.  
    Our country is based on immigrants and locking it down from net new immigration will destroy the founding principles that we were founded on.  Our population (and world population )will continue to grow due go high longivity rates and oher inflows.  We do need to look for broader solutions with technological advancement to help with that.
    WhyTrump - a good question
  • @agsr is back! He is the top user on DebateIsland. 

    Immigration should not be shut down due to its positive effects. Immigration should be limited and based on merit, like Trump wants.

  • hi @billpassed
    thank you.  I agree with your points.  Keeping legal immigration flowing will be important for our country, while at the same time cracking down on illegal immigration.  A cap on total number is likely not a good idea.
    Live Long and Prosper
  • If our goal is to control total population max then we should also discuss whats happening with aging population and life expectancy.  That is going to have a large impact on the total population
  • I don't think that immigration should be stopped when our country hits a certain population. First of all, our country is built around immigrants and there are millions of immigrants. Also, if our country were to close immigration what would happen to people that work for border control and/or immigration department. Next, our country is still going to keep adding people to its population. What would the next debate be? How many people does it take until we can stop having kids? That makes absolutely no sense and I think that immigration doesn't make a huge difference. Also, all of the people that are fleeing from war-torn countries, or countries where there was a natural disaster etc. need a home and we have that option available for them. 
  • Why stop them? Use and abuse them instead.
    I come to debate, I stay to troll,
    I leave to think, I return to brawl.
  • Illegal immigration should be stopped, but immigration should be regulated or limited.
  • You do realize this country was not founded on a bunch of illegals right? It was founded on everyone has rights and freedoms that the gov can not infringe on. And BTW are you going to pay for illegals to enter the country? Because I can take a wild guess and say you do not pay taxes. @WhyTrump
    ~NathanAllen, Be yourself let no one tell you who you are. 
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