Roy Beck

NumbersUSA, an online platform with around 10 million Americans, is chaired by Roy Beck. Beck has worked in the journalism industry for over 30 years before founding NumbersUSA in 1996. Moreover, he worked as the correspondent for the Booth Newspaper group. Concerning his education life, Roy Beck pursued journalism as his main career at the University of Missouri and worked as one of the first reporters dealing with environmental issues.

Roy Beck is lucky to have received the United States Army Recognition Medal and moreover other awards associated with his reporting on issues related to non-governmental humanitarian activities, demographic challenges, urban planning and expansion, and religion and business. Roy Beck is however an author of two books that are about ethics, policymaking, and religion and some other two books about immigration. His author’s name has been featured in the New York Times. Beck’s NumbersUSA movement was attributed by the New York Times with exerting sufficient influence on US Senators to reject an immigration reform package in June 2007. On immigration matters, he has been regarded as a “teacher” for US Congressman Tom Tancredo.

Beck has assisted in writing a number of NumbersUSA sprawl studies that started in 2000 and have been discussed at the meetings such as the American Planning Association among others. Research about wildlife habitat loss, farms, and ecosystems because of demographic growth has been depended on and cited by UNEP and UNFPA. At Dartmouth College for instance, during their Rockefeller Lectures, Roy Beck’s talks about immigration ethics were used.

Roy Beck rose to prominence after a contentious lecture in which he showed that immigration to the US did not ameliorate global poverty by use of gumballs because many people were left impoverished beyond the country. The inference was that the US should be tough on restrictions on immigration and assist the needy rather than permitting them to relocate to wealthier nations.

By trying to compare one gumball (one million people) to over 5,000 gumballs (over 5 billion people), he receives his listeners trying to think that about one million individuals don’t matter because they are such a small fraction of 5 billion. Refer to this article for additional information.


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