|Born||Roy Howard Beck
July 12, 1948
Marshfield, Webster County
|Alma mater||University of Missouri School of Journalism (BJ)|
|Notable work||The Case Against Immigration|
|Title||President & Founder, NumbersUSA|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Anne (Neiger) Beck (m. 1970)|
Roy Howard Beck is an American journalist and public policy analyst who founded and has served as President of NumbersUSA since its inception in 1997. Beck was a journalist for three decades before founding NumbersUSA. He is former Washington D. C. bureau chief of Booth Newspapers and an environment-beat newspaper reporters, formerly with The Grand Rapids Press and The Cincinnati Enquirer. Beck was also the Washington DC editor of John Tanton's magazine The Social Contract.
The New York Times credited Beck's NumbersUSA organization with applying enough pressure to U.S. Senators to defeat a comprehensive immigration bill in June 2007. He has been described as a "tutor" for U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo on immigration issues.
Beck has gained notable attention via a presentation where he used gumballs to illustrate the infeasibility of immigration as a tool to alleviate world poverty. The conclusion was to help the impoverished where they are, instead of exporting them to richer countries.
According to the Washington Post, before Donald Trump's election to President, Beck had "been marginalized in Washington as an eccentric figure whose views some consider xenophobic or even racist."
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- "After years on the outside, foes of legal immigration find a louder voice with Trump's election". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-24.