IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING CALIFORNIA
By Alan Caruba
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has just declared the Mexican government's "Matricula Consular" card, issued to Mexicans living in the U.S.A., to be an unre- liable form of identification, thereby posing a criminal and terrorist threat.
No where is this more evident than it is in California, which is being destroyed by U.S. immigration policies, or the lack thereof. A June, 2000, report by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) dramatically confirms the contention that Cali- fornia is being ruined by immigration policies of the U.S. national government, or by the near total absence such policies. Based on information from the California De- partment of Finance, along with statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the report reveals that, between 1990 and 2000, one single decade, "virtually all popula- tion growth in California is due to direct immigration and births to immigrants."
When you combine direct immigration (57%) with births to foreign-born women, 98% of California's rise in population over the past decade is making life difficult, stress- ful, and costly for its citizens. Migration from other U.S. states to California is no longer a factor. During the last decade, California had the largest population jump in history, fully 13%, adding 4,208,000 people. That's more than the entire population of Ireland. If this trend were to continue, Californis's population would double in forty years.
By contrast, California's native-born (U.S.) population increased by a scant 2%. This is attributed to the fact that many Californians are moving to other states. Out of 5,588,653 births between 1990 and 2000, those of native-born Californians increased by only 90,000, while births to immigrants rose 45%!
The CAPS report concludes that "Mass immigration is the cause of most of Califor- nia's most pressing problems--too many people living in poverty, the shortage of schoolrooms and teachers, the closing of hospitals, and the impact of overpopulation on biodiversity. For all of the above reasons, California's present and predicted fu- ture size is a wakeup call for the state and the nation."
To understand California's immigration problem, during the same decade, all of the northeastern States from Maine to Virginia, combined, gained less than four million people, i.e., native-born along with both legal and illegal immigrants. However, it's worth noting that, during the same decade, the population of illegal immigrants in New Jersey doubled.
I was recently in Los Angeles, and my brief visit there demonstrated the problems this massive influx of immigrants is creating. Highway congestion in that metro- politan area is a nightmare. California's answer, however, is to build more highways. The CAPS report estimates that more than three million new vehicles were added to roadways in the past decade. Statewide, there is an increasing water crisis. The State of California is locked into disputes with other U.S. states and even with Canada to secure sufficient water for its exploding population.
Education is suffering statewide in California. "The State's university system, once the envy of the nation, has fallen in quality combined with increased demands for admission by an ever-growing number of applicants," says the CAPS report. In the schools, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, enrollments rose from 4.8 million in 1990-1991 to almost 6 million ten years later. By 2000, "there were more Hispan- ics than other children enrolled in the State's schools." California is currently spend- ing $6,837 per student, "so more than $16 billion was spent last year on students whose native language was other than English."
California has been so mismanaged by its governors and legislature that it is billions of dollara in debt. This most politically correct, politically Liberal state continues to struggle to provide affordable electricity and, as noted, is desperately trying to pro- vide water. The CAPS report does not address the issue of crime, integral to the increase in immigration, but it too must be considered. Soon enough California will begin to export its immigration problems to contiguous states.
The simple fact is that Mexico has a deliberate policy of flooding California and the rest of the American Southwest with its "surplus " population. By doing so, it insures that those immigrants will send billions back to Mexico. This is much easier than would be Mexico's opting for a much wiser and more farsighted, alternative policy-- the political leadership of Mexico honestly and energetically trying to solve Mexico's own massive economic problems and addressing the matter of widespread political corruption underwritten by drug cartels.
California is the template for the problems our virtually non-existent immigration policies represent. It is a national problem, and the solution is just too obvious, just too politically incorrect. The U.S.A., specifically our national government, has to significantly restrict immigration or it will undermine all aspects of our economy, our national security, and the quality of life in this nation.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the Na- tional Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). He is the author of A POCKET GUIDE TO MILITANT ISLAM and THE UNITED NATIONS VS. THE UNITED STATES, both available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brook- side Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
Copyright 2003 Alan Caruba
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