California Group Wants Presidential Candidates To Address The Immigration Issue
Santa Barbara, CA – September 17, 2007 – An ad campaign recently launched on California television stations and the Internet by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) attributes many of California’s problems, including overcrowded schools, traffic gridlock and environmental destruction, to too many people as a result of mass immigration. CAPS suggests America’s leaders lack the political courage to address the issue.
“It’s a tragedy that our leaders, including the nation’s Presidential candidates, lack the political fortitude to address one of the nation’s most pressing problems. We can’t allow them to ignore this issue any longer,” said Diana Hull, President of CAPS. “Here in California, the ocean is so polluted from runoff from overbuilding that we can only swim on certain days of the year,” she continued. “The air is so bad in many counties that our kids have the highest incidence of asthma in the country. Emergency rooms are closing. Schools are overcrowded and illegal immigrants are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime. These problems are not unique to California, although they are more prevalent here. Americans must insist that our leaders address the immigration issue immediately, or we’ll leave the next generation even more intractable problems than we have now.”
The TV ad takes an unusual approach by employing a child spokesperson to emphasize the point that future generations are the ones who will have to live with the policies we make and the problems we create today.
The commercial opens and a child innocently asks a number of questions about the well-documented high growth in our state. For example, one question asked is, “If Californians are having fewer children, why are the schools so crowded?” Another asks, “If Californians are having fewer children, why are there so many cars?” The concluding question asks, “If Californians are having fewer children, where are all the people coming from?”
The primary point of the commercial is that virtually all of California’s population growth over the past decade has been the result of a massive influx of immigrants and births to foreign-born women, not from the high birth rates of native Californians or from Americans moving here from other states. The campaign’s facts are based on multiple studies demonstrating that native-born Californians are leaving the state and/or having fewer children while immigrants and births to immigrants are increasing the state’s population by 500 thousand more people each year, affecting every aspect of life in California.