California is the most populous state in the nation and the biggest destination for illegal aliens, two facts that an immigration reform nonprofit believes are putting the Golden State in grave danger.
Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has just revealed the results of a new analysis, which found that many of the state's ills — including environmental devastation, multibillion-dollar budget deficit and poor performance of public schools — can be traced back to uncontrollable immigrant population growth.
Among the issues highlighted by Sustainable California: the Unmentionable Problem of Population is the fact that the Golden State has a higher population density than Europe and the measure is set to exceed that of China by the middle of the century. By 2040, the state's population is expected to swell from 39 million to 54 million.
California is also the least-educated in the nation, as measured by the percentage of workers with a high school diploma, and spends nearly $22 billion on benefits for illegal aliens while facing an estimated $14.4 billion budget deficit in 2010–11.
The organization's representatives have expressed frustration with politicians who have failed to push through a comprehensive immigration reform out of fear for electoral backlash.
"Politicians, by their nature, focus on short-term issues and choose to ignore the long-term crisis of population growth that lies beneath so many problems," said Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of the board of CAPS.
She added that "with this report, we hope to make it a little harder for all of California's political candidates to disregard the issue."