Shocker! Overpopulation Gets Mention in French Presidential Election; Mum is the Word in U.S.

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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, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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October 17, 2016

Despite all their stumping, interviewing and debating, neither presidential candidate Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has mentioned one of the most pressing challenges facing the United States: overpopulation. Come to think of it, congressional hopefuls have been largely quiet about population growth, save for a valiant few.

As goes California, so goes the country. Graph shows
dramatic population increase in the state since 1900.

The importance of unsustainable population growth and its link to unchecked immigration can be ignored, as today’s politicians foolishly choose to do, but it can’t be disputed. From the Pew Research Center:

“Looking ahead…U.S. population projections show that if current demographic trends continue, future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth. Between 2015 and 2065, they are projected to account for 88 percent of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million.”

These projections, by the way, don’t include an increasingly large refugee resettlement population, and the children they will give birth to once in the U.S.

But in France, and to his credit, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy boldly stated:

“The first cause of environmental degradation…is the number of people on the planet.”

While plenty has been written during the U.S. presidential campaign about how immigration and its shifting demographics will change America’s future voting patterns, virtually nothing has appeared in the mainstream media about the adverse effect more people will have on the environment and quality of life for everyone, including new immigrants.

Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to urge your representatives to vote in favor of various pending bills which would help bring immigration to sensible levels, including refugee reform legislation that would cap the total annual refugee intake at 60,000.


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