President Donald Trump will have the power to turn off California’s illegal alien magnet by enforcing existing federal law.
The Democratic Party ruling class that controls the state’s governorship, the state capitol, and all statewide offices were shocked when President-elect Trump told 60 Minutes on Sunday that he is going to secure the border by building “that wall,” and would immediately begin deporting approximately two to three million criminals among the 11 million illegal aliens in the country:
What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.
The reason California Democrats are so committed to what they call “undocumented workers” is the arithmetic of identity politics.
Californians reliably voted Republican in presidential elections from 1952 to 1988. The only exception was Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson’s landslide victory after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
California’s demographic mix in 1988 was 57 percent non-Hispanic whites and 26 percent Latinos. But as the once-minority population rose to a plurality of 39 percent, or 15.3 million by 2014, Latinos became the dominant group and non-Hispanic whites a minority.
California’s non-Hispanic voters have trended independent over the last 25 years. But the reason 47 percent of state voters are Democrats, while 27 percent are Republicans and 26 percent independents, is that 62 percent of new Latinos voters have registered as Democrats.
The biggest driver for California’s Latino population growth has been Democrat public policies favoring illegal immigration. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reported that “the generous welfare benefits offered by some states have magnetic effects and alter the geographic sorting of immigrants in the United States – attracting many to California.”
The NBER found a direct correlation between the immigration flow and California’s generous welfare benefits, which are 89 percent larger than those in Illinois, and 280 percent greater than those offered by Texas. Fully 45.4 percent of recent U.S. immigrants receiving welfare now live in California.
According to Pew Research, 1 out of every 12 newborns in the United States each year is an “anchor baby,” a U.S.-born child of an illegal alien. But for the 3 million illegal aliens in California, 1 in 5 newborns are “anchor babies.”
California’s $170.9 billion state budget serves as the biggest illegal alien magnet in the nation. “The wall” and deportations will slow illegal immigration into California. But President Trump could have a “yuge” impact by using his executive authority to stop the disbursement of hundreds of billions of federal dollars that fund California’s “illegal immigration magnet.”
That is because President Bill Clinton passed the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996,” which denies illegal aliens access to “appropriated funds of the United States” for “federal public benefits,” including health, welfare, food assistance, housing assistance, unemployment, retirement, postsecondary education and hundreds of other programs.
President Trump can turn off California’s illegal immigration magnet on his first day in office simply by enforcing existing federal law.