CAPS Ad Reminds Los Angeles that Immigration Drives Most Population Growth

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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April 19, 2017

Los Angeles, where I was born and spent most of my youth, is bursting at the seams – too many people, too many cars, too much construction, and therefore too much lost open space. Hard to believe though it is, at one time, Los Angeles was the U.S. agricultural capital.

By 2030, today’s overcrowded Los Angeles will be the “Good Old Days.”

Overpopulation and the resultant overcrowding extends into most of California’s urban areas and is particularly acute in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, cities that once, but no longer, offered a certain level of tranquility for their residents and visitors.

Without dramatic action to limit growth, a bad situation is poised to get worse. Demographers project California’s ever-soaring population will continue upward for the foreseeable future. About 40 million people currently live in California. But the California Department of Finance predicts that by 2030 the state’s population will hit 44 million as it adds another 340,000 people annually.

CAPS’ important message is that instead of promoting statewide sanctuary status for illegal immigrants, a goal legislators are pursuing, Sacramento should put more effort into making the state a haven for California’s abundant, irreplaceable natural resources.

Read the CAPS press release here, watch the television ad here, and go to the CAPS Action alert page here to tell the California Assembly that SB 54, the sanctuary state bill would, if passed, attract more illegal immigrants. More people will put greater pressure on California’s already challenged environment.
 

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