"The Malibu Chamber of Commerce Business Directory has a nice photo on its cover from the 'Golden Age of Surfing,' the mid-1960s. I contend that was probably the Golden Age of California. Starting in 1965, for reasons I have yet to comprehend, the U.S. government decided to greatly increase the amount of legal immigration into this country. It is presently at about 1.2 million a year. They also got very lax on illegal immigration from about that same time.
Here are some startling statistics: The population of California increased by 43 percent in the 20 years from 1979 to 1999. That, by any standards, is an outrageous increase in population. That increase was largely the result of immigration, legal and illegal.
Here's another startling statistic: according to the Census Bureau, the population of the United States increased by 33.3 million from July 1994 to July 2004. You read that right: 33 million in one 10-year period! That's insane. An d it has been getting worse and worse. It is projected not only to continue but to increase greatly in the future.
No part of the country has been more affected by the huge increases in both legal and illegal immigration than Southern California. Yet our elected officials have not just been asleep at the wheel on this issue, but some have been actively working to increase it as evidenced by the support of the recently defeated amnesty bill in the Senate.
A recent Rasmussen poll shows what most Americans have known for a while: a majority of Americans favor cutting off federal funds for "sanctuary cities" that thumb their noses at federal immigrations laws. By a wide margin (71 percent to 16 percent) Americans favor having foreign visitors carry a universal ID card. A majority also want the fence on the border with Mexico to be built.
As we approach the next presidential election, many people think that the big issue will be the war in Iraq. The candidat es have staked out their positions on that issue pretty clearly. I personally believe the biggest issue for the majority of Americans at election time will be immigration and overpopulation. On that issue, the candidates have also clearly staked out their positions.
This is not a question of right and left, and it is not a racial issue. This is a question of numbers and sustainability. Our population is simply getting too big too rapidly. Our country was actually at a relatively manageable minimum growth pace back in the 'Golden Age' of California. Remember the 2.1 kids per family equation? Then our government officials decided to drastically increase the legal immigrant numbers (the U.S. allows more legal immigrants than all of the rest of the countries of the world combined!) and concurrently not enforce immigration laws. The problem is: they never consulted the citizenry on this issue, despite the fact that a majority of Americans have always favored immigration and population controls. We need some new leaders and representatives. This will be a hard and difficult fight. The future of America is at stake. We must take action now to avert foolishly allowing our population to balloon into nightmare proportions." --Mullen