AS SUPREME COURT HEARS IMMIGRATION CASE,
CAPS LAUNCHES EARTH DAY AD SUGGESTING SLOWING IMMIGRATION
TO SLOW ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2016) – As the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today about the future of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched a radio spot across Los Angeles suggesting California implement policies to slow immigration in order to slow population growth, given the negative impact on water, natural resources, the environment and quality of life for future generations. The ads are scheduled to run through Earth Day.
The radio spot features a child, representing the next generation of Californians, asking, “If Californians are having fewer children, why are there so many cars? Why isn’t there enough water? Where are all the people coming from?” A man then reminds the audience that population growth in California is driven by immigration and births to immigrants. He suggests that by slowing immigration we can “save some California for tomorrow.”
“We have a responsibility to leave California’s environment, water supplies and natural resources in a better state for future generations,” said Jo Wideman, Executive Director of CAPS. “That’s already a huge task given the state’s projected population growth of 10 million over the next 30 years. But a SCOTUS ruling in favor of executive amnesties could fuel even more population growth, making the California dream a distant memory.”
Numerous scientific studies have established the link between population growth and environmental degradation. More people means more cars, trucks and buses on roads and more air pollution; more parking lots and high-rise condominiums mean less green space; more chemicals, trash and runoff cascading into streams, lakes and oceans mean more damage to California’s biodiversity hot spots; more people means more pressure on declining water supplies.
“The implications of the Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s executive actions on immigration cannot be overstated, especially for a state like California already overwhelmed by immigration, and suffering from natural resource depletion and environmental degradation,” continued Wideman. “A ruling in favor of Obama’s actions could legitimize illegal immigration and executive amnesties, spurring a wave of illegal immigration and visa overstayers like this country has never seen, increasing population growth and dramatically affecting schools, healthcare, traffic, water and California’s environment.”
Approximately 40 million people currently reside in California. By 2050, the California Department of Finance projects the state’s population will increase by 25 percent, adding another 10 million people, despite native born Californians having fewer children. More than 90 percent of California’s population growth is a result of immigration and births to immigrants.
To listen to the radio spot and learn more about CAPS visit www.Crowdifornia.com.