Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) works to formulate and advance policies and programs designed to stabilize the population of California at a level which will preserve a good quality of life for all Californians.
IMMIGRATION IN CALIFORNIA
Why Too Much Of A Good Thing Can Be A Bad Idea.
California has become the state of immigration. Since the beginning of our state's existence, immigrants have helped business and contributed to the economy. And they've become our neighbors. But the constant influx of new immigrants has gotten out of control. Each new person that settles here is straining our environment, infrastructure and quality of life. We have to do act soon to correct this.
You're Familiar With the "Too Many People Problem"
but not sure
what to do about it.
As Californians, we are painfully aware of overcrowding and obviously concerned about excess traffic, the deteriorating environment, overcrowded schools and health care costs. The primary cause of these problems is too many people overtaking our finite resources. America's immigration policy doesn't take this core issue into account when it allows one and a half million immigrants a year to settle in this country. As a state, Californians and other Americans need to come together and find a way to protect this land we call home.
California Growing By Leaps And Bounds.
Since 1960, California's population has more than doubled.
Immigrants Are Responsible For More Than 96 Percent of California's
Most groups in California are barely replacing themselves, typically having less than two children. Some Immigrant families typically average more than three. So as we welcome more immigrants, we welcome a major increase in population. It's easy to see how the numbers can quickly add up. Almost all of California's population increase is due to immigration and the above replacement fertility of Hispanic groups. (California Department of Finance) The average family size of all Californians is 2.2; almost at replacement level.
THE FERTILITY CONTRIBUTION TO CALIFORNIA'S GROWTH
Why Total Fertility Is Important
- A couple in a two-child culture has 16 great grandchildren.
- A couple in a four-child culture has 64 great grandchildren.
Note: 2.1 = Replacement Fertility and a Stable Population
*The total fertility rate is the sum of each age-specific live birth
rate multiplied by the number of years in the age group. Source: State
of California, Department of Health Services, Birth Records; Estimates
by Age, Sex, and Race/Ethnic Group, May 2000
Face The Realities Of Uncontrolled Immigration.
Limiting immigration has never been politically popular. Politicians are afraid of losing votes while businesses are afraid of losing cheap labor. And we don't want to be exclusionary. But if we don't do something about our immigration problem, many Californians are going to flee the state-both immigrants and natives.
Census Bureau Projection of U.S. Population Growth
Total U.S. Population in Millions
Growth From Post-1970 IMMIGRANTS And Descendants
Growth From AMERICANS Already Here In 1970
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Census mid-range projections
2000 and NumbersUSA.com
Nearly two-thirds of Americans are in favor of limits on immigration. But we've got to speak up and get involved. Californians For Population Stabilization is proud to lead the charge, but we can't do it alone. Call or e-mail us. We'll send you our latest newsletter, detailed membership information and tell you how you can make a difference. You can do something about the state of immigration.