Not the least of
the evils of the
improbable emergence of
Arnold Schwarzenegger as a political candidate is
that, after years of having to endure journalists`
over-worked sport with Ronald Reagan`s
"Where`s the rest of me" and Charlton Heston`s
roles as Moses and Ben Hur, we now must put up with an
endless series of not-very-clever puns on Mr.
Schwarzenegger`s not-very-good films, the titles of most
of which rather easily lend themselves to bad political
wordplay: "Conan the Barbarian,"
"Total Recall," and the interminable
relief may already loom on the horizon.
Relief in this case
is the distinct possibility that by the time of
California`s special gubernatorial election on October
7, there may not
be anyone left in the state to vote in it.
Last week the
Los Angeles Times reported that in the last years of
the twentieth century, the state actually lost
population. "More than 1.4 million people in the U.S.
migrated to California from 1995 to 2000, while 2.2
million left – the highest migration numbers in the
country," the paper noted, an exodus that one
demographer labels "unprecedented." [California
Is Seen in Rearview Mirror, August 6, 2003 By
Los Angeles Times]
The stereotype of
California in the American mind has long been that it`s
the place you go where you`ve already been everywhere
else –the final destination for transcontinental
pilgrims from the
Gold Rush to
unprecedented is that that image is now fading — along
with the people who created it.
And why exactly is
it that so many people are leaving the Golden State? The
Times really doesn`t say.
it interviewed suggested as reasons such problems as
costs, economic factors and relocation of retirees."
Swell, but why are those problems that afflict
California in particular?
Could it just
possibly be that mass immigration from
Mexico and Central America has something to do with
Naw, it couldn`t
possibly be that the arrival of about 12 million
immigrants into the state in the last few decades has
contributed to overcrowding, less available and
affordable housing, higher
congestion, and a quality of life that older
Americans, who remember a different style of living,
would like to avoid.
"The No. 1
reason people move to and from California is because of
jobs," the demographer told the paper. All those Americans who refuse to take
the jobs the immigrants do, you see, are packing up and
leaving the state — to look for jobs in places where
there are fewer immigrants to
Of course, the Open
Borders lobby always told us that wouldn`t happen, that
there would be jobs for everyone regardless of mass
Well, you know how
reliable the Open Borders lobby is.
The theory that
mass immigration may have encouraged Californians to
pack up and get out is not simply my own wild surmise.
As long ago as 1995, in an article in the New York
Times Magazine, University of Michigan demographer
William H. Frey and reporter Jonathan Tilove wrote about
flight of Americans (mainly whites) from larger
"For every immigrant
[in large metropolitan
areas], a white person leaves. Look collectively at
the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Boston
metropolitan areas—5 of the top 11 immigration
destinations. In the last half of the 80`s, for every 10
immigrants who arrived, 9 residents left for points
elsewhere. And most of those leaving were non-Hispanic
whites…. The places that whites were leaving for were
metro areas like Tampa-St. Petersburg, Seattle, Phoenix,
Atlanta and Las Vegas, all of which attract relatively
The Los Angeles
article last week noted that the California fugitives
were moving to places like "Nevada,
Texas," more or less the same places Professor Frey
and his co-author mentioned.
What the Times
has apparently just noticed happening in California
has been going on for years, and as Professor Frey and
Mr. Tilove pointed out, "The trend constitutes a new,
larger form of white flight." Back in the 1960s,
whites fled their neighborhoods and moved to the suburbs
as housing was desegregated. Then they fled the suburbs
and either created new ones or moved to the country.
Now they are
fleeing entire states. Sooner or later they will start
leaving the country itself.
It`s probably too
much to ask that Mr. Schwarzenegger, let alone any of
his rivals in the coming election, will try to call
attention to the impact that mass immigration has
already inflicted on the state they want to govern. A
good many of the people who might have voted for a
candidate who talked seriously about immigration have
probably already left.
For those who are
still there by October 7, it probably makes little
difference any more for whom they vote or who actually
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