CAPS Ad Asks News Media And Politicians: Don't Poor American Kids Deserve Attention Too?
As News Coverage Of Central American Kids Crossing Our Borders Proliferates, Little Attention Is Given To The Millions Of American Kids Who Need Help
July 24, 2014 --
LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Californians for Population Stabilization has launched radio commercials in Los Angeles asking why there's so little coverage of the plight of poor American kids in cities like Los Angeles and so much coverage of kids from Central America crossing our borders. The ad goes on to draw similarities between news coverage of illegal aliens and their dreams, but lack of media coverage of the Americans whose jobs and dreams illegal aliens and legal immigrants take. The ads will run in key drive times on Los Angeles radio for several weeks.
"It's time we all started thinking about immigration policy through the lens of average Americans and not just from the perspective of those from other countries," commented Jo Wideman, Executive Director of Californians for Population Stabilization. "It's as if politicians and the news media can't see inside our own borders. There's a crisis involving millions of American kids right here in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. American kids and their families deserve attention, too."
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson recently made a similar point about Chicago, chiding President Obama for putting immigrant children first. "If we can find $4 billion for those children - and we should - we can find $2 billion for Chicago. There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot."
As a destination state for illegal aliens, California has long felt the impact of lax immigration policies. However, since President Obama took office, he's sparked a border rush through continuous calls for amnesty for illegal aliens and by awarding amnesty to hundreds of thousands through what many consider an abuse of his executive powers. That's only added to an already dire situation for many in California. Children in the state are being disproportionately affected. California has the highest rate of poverty in the nation, the second highest number of uninsured children and one of the lowest high school graduation rates. Three of the cities in the country with the worst gang violence are located in California. And in Long Beach and Los Angeles, the majority of 15-24 year old homicides are related to gang violence.
Jo Wideman concluded, "It's time we slowed mass immigration so we can save some America for tomorrow."
To experience the radio commercial and learn more about CAPS, visit www.CAPSweb.org.
SOURCE Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS)
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