Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) is a non-profit California organization founded in 1986 which works to „preserve California’s future through the stabilization of our state’s human population.“ CAPS was the branch of the Zero Population Growth (ZPG) organization. It supports „replacement-level“ immigration, and does so „without regard to race, ethnicity, or national origin.“ [1]

Overview

It will help to stabilize the population at a level that they feel will be a good quality of life for all Californians. [2] It asserts that the current growth of population is “ unsustainable ,“ and contributes to a growth in the environment and infrastructure. CAPS is listed in the annual Conservation Directory , published by the National Wildlife Federation , as among the numerous organizations supporting conservation and conservation in California. [3]

Immigration

The high unemployment rate in California is one of CAPS’s key worries. Dick Schneider, Chairman of the Board of CAPS, has stated that the national government is „creating a new economy.“ According to CAPS, more legal immigrants settle in California than any other state, despite having 18% in some parts of the state. [4]

CAPS is also concerned with the cost of educating immigrants. They stated, „There are millions of illegal immigrants and millions of legal immigrants in the world.“ [5] The organization also supports work by groups such as „English First,“ whose 140,000 members oppose costly bilingual education. [6]

The organization stresses its belief that both legal and immigration are the cause of „California’s runaway population growth .“ According to author Edward C. Hartman, CAPS is „determined to fill the gap created by the failure of the organization“, which does not actively oppose population growth in America. The organization is unique in that many of its board members have held leadership positions in national environmental organizations. It relates to various sources to reach the public, including television and radio ads, public events with notable speakers, articles and commentaries, and at various speaking engagements. [7] CAPS-sponsored TV ad ran on MSNBCduring the Republican presidential debate in September, 2011. [4]

CAPS focuses on controlling population growth through immigration , and does so by sponsoring public awareness campaigns, working with lawmakers on policy development, maintaining a broad network of member-activists, and conducting vital research. In 1993, for instance, CAPS filed a lawsuit against Hewlett Packard alleging that HP was violating California labor laws and paying residents of India who came under the US contract market. The lawsuit was first publicized on CBS’s “ 60 Minutes ,“ and CAPS claimed that such wages would drive down wages for US workers. [8] CAPS ultimately lost the lawsuit. [9]

Notes

  1. Jump up^ Coates A. Peter. American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: Strangers on the Land, Univ. of Calif. Press (2006) p. 237
  2. Jump up^ CAPS website[1]
  3. Jump up^ 2002 Conservation Directory: The Guide to Worldwide Environmental Organizations, National Wildlife Federation, Island Press (2002)
  4. ^ Jump up to:b „California Group to Run TV Ad in Presidential Debate Calling for Less Legal Immigration to Open More Jobs“ , Press Release, Californians for Population Stabilization , Sept. 6, 2011
  5. Jump up^ Schrag, Peter. California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment, Univ. of California Press (2008) p. 241
  6. Jump up^ Tottie, Gunnel. An Introduction To American English, Wiley-Blackwell p. 240
  7. Jump up^ Hartman, Edward C.The Population Fix: Breaking America’s Population Growth, Think Population Press, (published by Californians for Population Stabilization) (2006) p. 219
  8. Jump up^ Computerworld, Oct. 11, 1993 p. 110
  9. Jump up^ Californians for Population Stabilization c. Hewlett Packard Company (Court of Appeal, Sixth District, California 1997). text