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Roy Beck, The Founder Of NumbersUSA

Roy Beck is an Ozarks native and the founder and president of NumbersUSA. This nonprofit organization seeks to dramatically reduce legal and illegal immigration levels to the United States. In the 1960s, he was one of the nation’s first environmental-beat newspaper reporters, having graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His article, The Ordeal of Immigration in Wausau, was highlighted in The Annals of America by the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Beck started NumbersUSA in 1996 as an online resource for legislators and concerned citizens seeking to understand the effects of immigration on schools, hospitals, jobs, and wages. The group favors a point-based system that would award immigrants for their skills and education instead of their country of origin.

Roy Beck, known as the father of the modern immigrant rights movement, is one of the most influential people in the history of immigration reform. Roy Beck was one of the major forces behind the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed in the United States Senate.

He has been successful in helping to push for immigration reform across the country, including in Arizona and California. In the late 1980s, Beck started working with the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas. This coalition helped to pass an immigration reform bill in Texas. Roy Beck also helped to pass the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which legalized millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. In the late 1990s, Beck helped pass California legislation that would provide driver’s licenses and access to healthcare to undocumented immigrants.

Roy Beck has published four books about immigration, the environment, the labor market in the United States, ethics, religion, and public policy. Roy Beck’s record of volunteer leadership led him to be awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, a non-combat medal. He has also garnered multiple awards for his coverage of non-government humanitarian operations. See this page for more information.


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