Wednesday, September 16, 2009

National Review--About Face?

"California's financial unraveling has prompted a long-overdue debate about taxes, regulation, and government spending, but the state's media and government continue to ignore what could be an even greater problem: the irreparable damage to California's human capital that nearly 30 years of unrestrained illegal immigration has achieved. ... A strong case could be made that, in terms of educational achievement, industriousness, and entrepreneurial acumen, Asian immigrants to California have proven superior to white natives of the state. Therefore, if California were to experience a wave of mass immigration from Asia, its long-term economic prospects would be improved. Today's Hispanic immigrants would probably have the same effect if they came from the top 10 to 20 percent of their society according to those same measures of human capital, rather than the bottom rungs. But the influx has instead been composed mainly of the poorly educated, the unskilled, and the illiterate. Such immigrants will likely soon dominate the state's overall population and politics. In 2005, the California K12 school system was 48.5 percent Hispanic, compared with 30.9 percent white. By now it is above 50 percent Hispanic. Two-thirds of kindergarten students were Hispanic, most of them unable to speak English. ... The state's inability to improve the educational attainment of its residents will result in a 'substanial decline in per capita income' and 'place California last among the 50 states' by 2020, according to a study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. ... Perhaps the most dangerous myth about illegal immigrants is that they do not impose any cost on society. The reality is that even those who work and half do not, according to the Pew Hispanic Center cannot subsist on the wages they receive and depend on public assistance to a large degree. Research on Los Angeles immigrants by Harvard University scholar George J. Borgas shows that 40.1 percent of immigrant families with non-citizen heads of household receive welfare, compared with 12.7 percent of households with native-born heads. Illegal immigrants' cost to the taxpayer is estimated to be $13 billion half the state's budget deficit. ... Milton Friedman once said that unrestricted immigration and the welfare state do not mix. Must we wait until California catches up with Mexico to realize how right he was?," my emphasis, Alex Alexiev (AA) at National Review, 24 August 2009, link:

Amazing. Pro-unlimited immigration National Review printed AA's piece. 20 years ago I concluded as California's ethnic composition began converging with Mexico's, it would become Mexico. Wait 10-15 years, it will be. Negroes were among the first Californians to see this. Where but in California would Terry Anderson (TA) have a radio show devoted to letting Californians vent about illegal immigration. Where but in California would Negroes turn against affirmative action as they see they no benefit from it. My estimates of illegal aliens "net annual tax cost" to California are higher than Professor Borgas's, I place them at $17-20 billion. TA is a black man with a Los Angeles radio show. Yes, Uncle Miltie warned us 47 years ago. The immigrants from India which are mostly the best India has. I even admit to having Hindu friends. They are probably California's best educated people. We get 35% of Indian Institute of Technology's (IIT) graduates, India's: Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT all rolled into one. IIT admits one in 70 applicants. By examination. It's tough. Having met many IIT grads, I guess they average about 145 IQ. IQ, that old devil again. California's Mexican immigrants by and large come from southern Mexico, average IQ 82. And there is nothing we can do about that. Where but in "South Central" Los Angeles, 20 years ago, working-class blacks screamed about illegal aliens destroying "their schools". Really . Harvard still lets Borgas teach with those findings. Wow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Milton Friedman once said that unrestricted immigration and the welfare state do not mix.

I guess California is a grand laboratory testing that prediction... how else could it be proved or disproved?