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Samantha Siegel, 31, organizer behind the grass roots Save the Angel Oak petition, poses in front of the Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina September 24, 2013.  Massive canopy shades stretching more than 17,000 square feet and a trunk wider than 25 feet in circumference have drawn generations of visitors to the centuries-old live oak tree on an island near historic Charleston. A group aiming to preserve the majestic tree for decades to come is racing against a fall deadline to raise the $1.2 million needed to protect surrounding land from development that environmentalists say would harm the oak Samantha Siegel, 31, organizer behind the grass roots Save the Angel Oak petition, poses in front of the Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina September 24, 2013. Massive canopy shades stretching more than 17,000 square feet and a trunk wider than 25 feet in circumference have drawn generations of visitors to the centuries-old live oak tree on an island near historic Charleston. A group aiming to preserve the majestic tree for decades to come is racing against a fall deadline to raise the $1.2 million needed to protect surrounding land from development that environmentalists say would harm the oak's health. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS) - RTR3FG10  

Tree huggers hate immigrants?

Numbers USA, an anti-immigration outfit, is celebrating Earth Day 2014 with an important announcement: Immigrants are to blame for the destruction of farm land and natural habitats.

In a post that went up on the eve of Earth Day, Roy Beck, the group’s founder and president, claimed that “about 70% of all the open-space destruction around our urban areas in the last decade was related to population growth” and that “new immigrants and births to immigrants in the last decade have been the equivalent of about 70% of U.S. population growth.”

This Malthusian notion is, of course, consistent with the group’s mission. As the New York Times has reported, Numbers USA was among several anti-immigration groups “nurtured” by Dr. John Tanton, who “urged liberal colleagues in groups like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club to seek immigration restraints…”

Politics, I suppose, makes strange bedfellows.

UPDATE: As one of the commenters notes, Beck founded Numbers USA, while Tanton “nurtured” it — and similar groups. (I have updated this post to reflect the NYT update.)