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What does NumbersUSA have to do with immigration?

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NumbersUSA is a non-profit organization that advocates for lower levels of immigration in the United States, according to the organization's website. NumbersUSA supports grassroots efforts that encourage Congress to pass legislation limiting the number of immigrants entering the United States annually.

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The organization’s full name is NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation. Roy Beck, an author and journalist, founded NumbersUSA in 1996 while working for anti-immigration activist John Tanton. Beck formed NumbersUSA in response to two national commissions, according to NumbersUSA.com. These commissions are the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. Beck has authored two books on immigration, one dealing with the impact of immigration on the environment and the other focusing on labor markets. The principles laid out in these books form the foundation of NumbersUSA’s strategy.

NumbersUSA supports a tightly limited national immigration policy that gives preference to spouses and children of current immigrants, people of extraordinary skill and refugees. The organization cites concern over the impact that excessive immigration has on wages of native-born American workers as well as the negative impacts on quality of life and the natural environment in the United States.

The NumbersUSA organization conducts research on immigration reform legislation and issues report cards on Members of Congress based on their votes. The organization also emails “action alerts” that encourage its supporters to contact Congress about specific bills. Over 2.5 million supporters receive these alerts, according to Guidestar.org. In addition to operating a 501(c)3 non-profit, NumbersUSA also runs a 501(c)4 which runs political independent expenditures.

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