An anti-immigration group says that if bears in the United States could talk, they would be fierce opponents of immigration.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington-based group that advocates for reducing immigration, said in a report released on Tuesday that the U.S. should share its natural space with animals, and immigrants are crowding them out.
“One can quibble about the optimal number, but it’s obvious that even current human population levels are not harmonious with a natural balance,” the report states. “If pollsters could interview the bears that remain, bears would strongly oppose a higher human population in the United States.”
Immigration has become a bedrock issue in the 2016 presidential race. Republican nominee Donald Trump built his campaign on a promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico as a way of keeping immigrants out.
The anti-immigration group’s report calls on lawmakers to set a national policy to limit population growth in the U.S., suggesting that immigration poses an environmental threat. The report says immigration-driven population growth exacerbates climate change and other environmental problems.
A spokesman for the bears couldn’t be reached for comment.