Roy Beck

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Roy Beck
Born Roy Howard Beck
(1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 69)
Marshfield, Webster County
Missouri, USA
Residence Arlington, Virginia
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)
Children 2

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.[1] Beck was also the Washington DC editor of John Tanton's magazine The Social Contract.


Beck is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.[citation needed]

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.[2] He has been described as a "tutor" for U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo on immigration issues.[3]

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.[4]

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."[5]


  1. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (December 4, 2014). "Genial Force Behind Bitter Opposition to Immigration Overhaul". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. A20. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pear, Robert (July 15, 2007), "Little-Known Group Claims a Win on Immigration", New York Times 
  3. ^ "Protecting their own ; Reform caucus a barometer of GOP schism on immigration."; Jonathan Tilove. San Antonio Express-News. San Antonio, Tex.: Jun 9, 2002. pg. 1G
  4. ^ Ball, Molly (August 1, 2013). "The Little Group Behind the Big Fight to Stop Immigration Reform". Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ "After years on the outside, foes of legal immigration find a louder voice with Trump's election". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 

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