Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) works to formulate and advance policies and programs designed to stabilize the population of California, the U.S. and the world at levels which will preserve the environment and a good quality of life for all.
Out-Of-Control Population Growth Threatens The California Dream
It’s true. California is one of the greatest places on Earth to live. The climate is near perfect, environmental treasures abound and the California lifestyle is a unique piece of American culture admired worldwide. We’re truly lucky to live here. It’s easy to understand why so many other people want to live here. Over the last forty years, more than 20 million people moved to California. That’s right, California’s population has doubled, from 20 million to nearly 40 million in just the last forty years. And that rapid pace of population growth has put major strains on California. More population growth has meant more pollution, more degradation of our environmental treasures, more traffic, overcrowded schools, higher taxes, longer waits at emergency rooms, even more job competition. And while these population-oriented strains are more pronounced in California, the changes are occurring all across America.
Concerned Californians Rise To The Challenge
That’s why a concerned group of California environmentalists, doctors, lawyers, professors, writers and surfers banded together in 1986 to start Californians for Population Stabilization. They saw the California dream slipping away and along with it, the American dream. It was important to them that the next generation of Americans have the same opportunities they had growing up. They wanted to save some California, some America for their grandchildren.
Today, Californians for Population Stabilization, often referenced as “CAPS,” has grown into one of the largest member-based population stabilization organizations in the state with tens of thousands of members. And CAPS influence reaches far beyond California. The organization is recognized as a national leader in the population stabilization movement. Countless news stories have been filed about CAPS work, locally and nationally. CAPS regularly meets with state lawmakers as well as the nation’s power players on Capitol Hill. And CAPS mission today is the same as it was in 1986: to help Californians and all Americans, understand the consequences of out of control population growth so that our leaders can develop informed and appropriate policies to ensure we save some America for future generations. And like in 1986, CAPS continues as a nonprofit organization, dedicated to a bi-partisan approach to population stabilization.
California Has Challenges. CAPS Has Common Sense Solutions
So, "where are all the people coming from?" asks one CAPS TV commercial. It’s a good question because based on U.S. Census figures, people aren’t moving to California from other parts of the country. For years, more Americans have been leaving California than moving here. So, where were all the people coming from? Most Californians already know the answer. The state’s growth is a product of mass immigration. More than 98% of California’s population growth over the last fifteen years can be attributed to mass immigration and births to immigrants.
That’s why CAPS advocates slowing mass immigration to more sustainable levels and a deliberate approach to family size. If you’d like to see our specific policy solutions, just click here.
Don’t Blame Immigrants. Blame Our Government’s Antiquated Immigration Policy.
It’s important to note that CAPS does not advocate blaming immigrants. We don’t blame people from other countries for wanting to come live here. We are actually pro immigrant – we strive to meaningfully uphold and nurture the American Dream for people who wants to come to the U.S. through legal channels in numbers that our environment and resources can reasonably accommodate (approximately 300.000 a year). We were founded on and conintue be focused on all aspects of population growth. Since immigration accounts for virtually all of California's and most of the U.S. population growth we strive to educate all Americans to that fact. California is a highly desirable place to live. It’s our government’s irresponsible immigration policy that to this day continues to import millions of people with little to no regard for whether they have a skill set that matches the country’s economic needs, whether they will take an American’s job, whether they will end up on welfare or the impact their numbers will have on our infrastructure and our environment. Other countries made smart changes to their immigration policies years ago. Yet today, America continues to allow more people to settle here every year than all the immigration of England, Germany, France and Canada, combined. It is time our leaders updated their old way of thinking about immigration policy, so immigration can become the positive force in America it once was. But they won’t do a thing unless they hear from all of us.
What You Can Do.
In the end, the catalyst for policy change will come from Americans like you, your friends and neighbors, all speaking together. That’s where CAPS comes in. We help bring all our voices together to deliver a very loud, on point message to the right leaders at just the right time. And CAPS does it through all kinds of hard hitting TV ads, polls, research papers, publicity events, visits with legislators and a legislative action alert system capable of delivering tens of thousands of faxes to our leaders within minutes. Please, click here to join us today. Together, we can save some America for tomorrow.
Annual Reports. (PDF)
2015 Form 990