The Folly of Wanting to Have Your Cake and Eat it too
There are two red-hot political issues which California Gov. Jerry Brown is perhaps proudest of, as they represent his home state’s “progressive” views and activism. First, California continues to welcome any and all immigrants, however massive their numbers and regardless of their legal status. Second, California is leading the charge to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit harmful climate change.
During my recent week-long trip to Canada, one of my biggest takeaways was local citizens’ resistance to the Trudeau government’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. Although the press has published stories that are mostly supportive of Trudeau and his mission, many Canadians are skeptical.
In June, my travels took me to Fresno. Even though I had lived in the San Joaquin Valley for a quarter of a century, Fresno’s urban decay horrified me. I couldn’t fathom how much the city had deteriorated during the eight years since my move.
When I read that 9 percent of San Bernardino County’s public school students are homeless, I immediately remembered Gov. Jerry Brown’s open invitation last year to all Mexicans to come to California “whether they have permission or not.” Brown gushed: “You’re all welcome in California today.”
While the White House boasts about the addition of 223,000 new jobs in June and the dip in the unemployment rate to 5.3 percent, some impartial economists interpret the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report (June) more critically.
Immigration enthusiasts endlessly squawk – despite our high rate of unemployment – that the sky most surely will fall on the U.S. economy if we don’t keep our doors wide open to foreign workers. Skilled or unskilled, it doesn’t matter – we need them now, and for evermore.
Add this to the growing number of problems California faces that more population would exacerbate: according to the biennial census, Los Angeles County has more people sleeping on the streets and in their cars than two years ago, many of them for the first time. Of the 44,359 homeless in L.A. County, only 30 percent were sheltered.
The opponents of reasonable immigration restriction commonly use invective and insult as substitutes for rational argument. One example is labeling immigration restrictionists as “anti-immigrant.” The idea suggested, it seems, is that anyone who questions excessive immigration does so because he has an irrational hostility toward immigrants.