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Calif. Group Blames Huge Drought Partly on Immigration

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A water level marker stands in the middle of a dry reservoir on in Yuba City, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 01:50 PM

A California nonprofit is blaming immigration for partially causing the state's historic drought.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the group, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), thinks the state's high number of immigrants, which has led to a surge in population figures, is a contributing factor to the drought that has left waterways well under their normal levels.

The group has launched an advertising campaign to make its case. In one ad, according to the Times, a young boy inquires, "If Californians are having fewer children, why isn't there enough water?"

On its website, CAPS says its mission is "to formulate and advance policies and programs designed to stabilize the population of California, the U.S. and the world at levels which will preserve the environment and a good quality of life for all."

And on its Facebook page, CAPS posted a graphic with these words in early May: "Like if you agree. California's drought could have been prevented with responsible immigration policies and limited population growth. #TooManyPeople"

The group's claim that the surge in immigrants to the Golden State has contributed to the ongoing water shortage might have some leverage, according to one expert.

"Essentially all of California's rapid population growth has been due to people from other countries and the children of immigrants," UCLA professor Ben Zuckerman told the Times. Zuckerman is a member of the CAPS board. "The larger the population of California, the more difficult it will be to deal with the effects of the drought."

Another expert disagrees. NASA climatologist William Patzert told the Times that pointing to immigrants as a cause of the drought "doesn't fit the facts." He said it is caused by a decreased snowpack in the mountains, "not because the immigrants are drinking too much water or taking too many showers."

California Gov. Jerry Brown has enacted water restrictions across the state, which limit the amount of water consumers are allowed to use at their home. Violators face fines of up to $100, which has not deterred some wealthy celebrities from keeping up their lush estates with green grass, blooming flowers, and sparkling swimming pools.

Brown has proposed increasing the maximum fine to $10,000, but thus far the idea has yet to blossom.

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