NumbersUSA is a non-profit organization that advocates for immigration control and preferential treatment to those immigrating based on criteria like education and work experience.
The organization has 57,000 members and over 1 million online supporters. It was founded in 1996 by Roy Beck with the goal of immigration reduction and stricter policies on the admittance of refugees.
In addition to advocating their messages in the press, they have a blog called “Outlet.” The blog posts primarily contain statistics about America’s population, demographic changes, immigration levels and phenomena, or refugee policies. NumbersUSA also released a mobile app in 2012 that shows users how many immigrants are “too many” based on specific characteristics like income level or profession.
NumberUSA was highly critical of the Immigration Reduction and Reform Act 2008, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy. The bill would have made it a felony to hire unauthorized workers knowingly. NumbersUSA believes that the focus on hiring immigrants rather than allowing them to enter the country is a more prudent way of combatting illegal immigration.
In 2010, the organization began publishing a series titled “Immigration Fact Cards,” according to their website, “(discuss) the impact of mass immigration in specific areas.” The previous cards cover subjects like unemployment rates among high school dropouts and how low-skilled immigrant workers affect income inequality in America.
On March 10, 2011, Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, founded a lobbying group known as FWD.us to promote immigration reform. NumbersUSA was founded in 1996 and is one of several organizations that have been working against the goals of FWD.us since its inception.
On May 21, 2013, during Zuckerberg’s commencement speech at Harvard University, he announced that he would be donating $25 million to the Palo Alto school district to provide better education for immigrant children who are learning English or are new arrivals to America. Click this page for more information.
More about NumberUSA on: https://bridge.georgetown.edu/research/factsheet-numbersusa/