California Budget Holed By Unmentionable Immigration Iceberg

With the entire state of
California rapidly on its way to join the Titanic at the
bottom of a fiscal ocean, the political elite of the
state is busily engaged in arguing which party should
start rearranging the deck chairs.

The Washington Post this

that California is "on the brink of a
fiscal disaster,"
and as of the time of the story,
only "hours remain to solve the $38 billion

Of course it occurs to no one to
look for what is without doubt one of the major
underlying reasons for the boondoggle: Mass immigration.

The immediate problem in
California is indeed political. The Democrats, led by

Gov. Gray Davis,
want to raise taxes, and the
Republicans don`t. Under state law, a compromise had to
be reached by midnight last Monday or else the state
government would have to start "cutting billions of
dollars in payments to its agencies and its contractors
in July—and could run out of money by August."

The first to go would be some
30,000 state employees, and their chief,

Perry Kenny
of the California State Employees
Association, moans, "It looks bleak. This is the
biggest hole we`ve ever been in, and no one seems to
find a way out. We`re all sweating bullets."

How sad.

Among the state employees who may
soon be jobless is Governor Davis himself, for whose

some 400,000 voters have already signed a

Even sadder.

The immediate solution to the
immediate problem is simple enough—either tax or cut—but
that`s not a real solution at all, which is why most
politicians of each party would be perfectly satisfied
with one or the other.

Ten years ago another governor saw
what the problem was.

Back then Gov.

Pete Wilson
faced a similar budget crisis and a
political grave similar to the one Mr. Davis faces. In
his budget for 1993-94, Gov. Wilson pointed out that
foreign immigration accounted for some 55 percent of the
state`s population increase in the 1980s and that
"the immigration trends of the 1980s have already had a
substantial impact on state and local government
—for the worse.

Among the biggest costs to the
state due to immigration, the governor cited "K-12
education services provided to undocumented immigrants
and especially to the

citizen children
of undocumented and

(that is, illegals and
illegals who had received

, such as the one the Bush administration is
said to be contemplating today).

Other costs deriving from
immigration came from the state`s health insurance
program (Medi-Cal),
"refugee, IRCA and OBRA recipients," "substantial
costs for incarcerating undocumented immigrants in state
(at that time 12 percent of the state
prison population), and welfare costs for immigrants of
one sort or another ("about 22 percent of statewide
AFDC caseload").
  The total cost of immigration to
the state was about $5 billion.

Partly because of what he had come
to grasp about the dangers mass immigration presented to
his state (and his own political future), Mr. Wilson
endorsed the state referendum measure known as
Proposition 187, which would have prohibited most public
services for illegal aliens and their children.

Despite massive opposition from

Hispanic Lobby,

Treason Lobby
, and the teachers and public employees
who are now whining about losing their jobs because of
the current budget crisis, Prop 187 passed
overwhelmingly—and Gov. Wilson was

by some 55 percent of the vote and

at least five Republican congressional
candidates in 1994, the year the

GOP captured Congress.

Much of what Gov. Wilson warned
about with respect to the impact of mass immigration on
his state was confirmed by the National Academy of

on immigration four years later. It

that the fiscal impact of immigration on
California amounted to an

"net fiscal burden of $1,178 per
native-headed California household, again measured in
1996 dollars"
for the 1994-95 fiscal year. 

For the nation as a whole, the NAS
study found that the net fiscal drain on American
taxpayers from mass immigration was $166 to $226 per
household, adding some $15 billion to $20 billion to the
national tax burden. 

Of course the mild restrictions
Gov. Wilson supported in Prop 187 were soon overturned
in the courts. The

Republican Party
, especially in California,

abandoned immigration reform
completely and boasted
of supporting mass immigration.

And today the Bush administration

slams the White House door
in the face of the

political figures who support immigration

Meanwhile, California, which in
Pete Wilson`s day had only 6 million immigrants, now has
9 million.

And it occurs to no one in the
political leadership of

either party
to point to how mass immigration has
helped push the state to the edge of bankruptcy.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control

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