Only a few of us are still around – native-born Californians who lived in the paradise-like state before the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and after the disastrous 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Reading the handwriting on the wall, anticipating continued unwieldily immigration-fueled population growth and the diminished quality of life that it brings, hundreds of thousands like me that experienced the early and great California fled.
More than half a century of sustained immigration has affected California more dramatically than any other state. Overcrowded schools and hospitals, bumper-to-bumper freeway traffic, American blue-collar worker job displacement, sprawl, a housing crisis, wildfires, poverty with the attendant income inequality now worse than Mexico’s, and urban decay that remolded the state’s two major cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco – into homeless havens are among the changes to which over-immigration contributed.
Yet, despite California’s obvious decline, 47 of its 53 U.S. representatives and its two U.S. senators – Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris – enthusiastically support unlimited immigration. Since Feinstein was San Francisco’s mayor during its salad years, 1977-1987, her immigration passion is a puzzle. Homelessness, crime and public drug abuse now plague the once glorious “city by the bay” that Feinstein once presided over.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, following in the footsteps of his predecessors, is all-aboard with California’s no borders congressional delegation. In his ongoing and juvenile dust-up with President Trump over border security, Newsom ordered National Guard troops removed. Then, less than a week later, Newsom gloated that his pending lawsuit opposing President Trump’s National Emergency declaration would be California’s 46th legal challenge against the administration, many of them immigration-related.
By JOE GUZZARDI for DAILY NEWS
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