The book Mexifornia: A State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hansen describes a grim situation in California regarding illegal immigrants. The INS estimated that 2.2 million or 32% of all illegal immigrants lived in California in January 2000. Today that number is certainly much higher.
Hansen argues that continued immigration will lead to endemic poverty, eroded schools, soaring crime, and other problems. He presumes to describe the "mental landscape of the alien" describing immigrant life as one of poverty, frustration, envy, and inevitable degeneration. He recommends either cutting off immigration or enforcing rapid assimilation on newly arrived immigrants.
Saturday, August 21, 2004