George Rasley Commentary: Trump Immigration Plan – Making America Into California

by George Rasley, Editor


President Trump’s recently released immigration framework is a disaster for America and for the prospects of conservative government for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it sets millions of unassimilated foreigners on a path to citizenship and voting.

Think California on steroids.

About 6 in 10 illegal aliens in the United States live in one of 20 metro areas, with three regions in Southern California combining to make up the largest cluster of people living in the country illegally, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Pew, which has tracked the undocumented population for several years, pegs the total number of aliens in the United States illegally at about 11.1 million nationwide.

In Southern California, about 1.4 million illegal aliens live between the southern Ventura County border and the U.S.-Mexico border — the biggest concentration of undocumented people in the country, according to reporting by Grace Wyler of the Orange County Register.

Given those numbers, it should surprise no one that the formerly “Golden State” is now officially the poverty capital of America. California — not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia — has the highest poverty rate in the United States.

According to Kerry Jackson’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure — which accounts for the cost of housing, food, utilities, and clothing, and which includes non-cash government assistance as a form of income — nearly one out of four Californians is poor.

Given robust job growth in the state and the prosperity generated by several industries, especially the supercharged tech sector, Jackson says the question arises as to why California has so many poor people, especially when the state’s per capita GDP increased roughly twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5 percent, compared with 6.27 percent).

California, with 12 percent of the American population, is home today to roughly one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients reports Jackson. You can read Jackson’s article through this link.

In the Los Angeles Unified School District only 60.3 percent of the students are native-born citizens and 22.8 percent are non-citizens. Of the foreign-born population 60.2 percent come from four countries in Central America: Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Almost 30 percent of California residents speak Spanish at home, in the Santa Ana school district that number rises to 75.6 percent, in South Gate – East Los Angeles that number rises to 88.8 percent vs. 12.9 percent for the United States as a whole.

In the Huntington Park, Cudahy, Maywood, Bell Gardens and Walnut Park neighborhood schools over 90 percent of the population speaks Spanish at home. Language – as the great unifier of nations – is being extinguished in California.

And one indicator of poverty that Kerry Jackson’s analysis failed to take into consideration is language.

English is the language of business, technology and global commerce.

No Spanish speaking country is in the top ten countries of patents granted: in 2015 Mexico had 203 patents granted, less than half the number that were granted in the state of Alabama and slightly fewer than were granted in Maine.

In the Los Angeles County Unified School District, the median Hispanic household income is $39,400 – that’s $10,000 less than the median income of all groups combined and less than half of that of Non-Hispanic Whites and Asians.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2011 that, of all groups surveyed, Hispanics have the most negative view of capitalism in America — 55 percent. This is even higher than the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.

Ms. Wyler reports that the Pew survey cited above also shows the political bent of cities with many illegal aliens.

Of the 20 metro areas where illegal aliens are concentrated, 17 voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. In many of the areas, including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, local officials have taken steps to protect illegal aliens from deportation; it will surprise no one that these cities are also rife with crime and poverty.

The is plenty of evidence that large majorities of recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. Their motivation is not our immigration policy; it is economic issues.

“The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government.”

Kerry Jackson, in the article cited above, observed that in the late 1980s and early 1990s, some states — principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia — initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress. The common thread of the reformed welfare programs was strong work requirements placed on aid recipients. These overhauls were widely recognized as a big success, as welfare rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the work force.

However, noted Jackson, the state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s anti-poverty programs, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as if welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: Fifty-five percent of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30 percent of natives, according to City Journal contributing editor Kay S. Hymowitz.

In the words of Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, “It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic Party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation.”

And California proves Ms. MacDonald’s point in spades.

All you must do is view this video of a group of so-called DREAMERS in action or this one of so-called DREAMERS saying F-ck Senator Thom Tillis or those outside Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer’s house to understand the outcome of adding these Far-Left activists to the base of the Democratic Party.

Republicans on Capitol Hill must finally get smart and understand that the current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the Left. Add to that amnesty for 1.8 million mostly Mexican and Central American DACA beneficiaries and you have a formula that will make Republicans a permanent minority party and limited government constitutional conservatism a soon-to-be extinct philosophy of government.


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2 Thoughts to “George Rasley Commentary: Trump Immigration Plan – Making America Into California”

  1. Donna Locke

    If the Americans who want mass immigration and no immigration laws or enforcement were forced to be the only ones paying for it, the insanity would end quickly. As it is, the Americans who disagree with this national suicide have our incomes held captive to it.

    Cutting off the money supply is the only answer, because both major political parties are willing to give away the store, and every U.S. president for the past few decades, including Trump, has.

  2. 83ratop50

    Trump’s insane proposal must be stopped at all cost.