If we can have woke “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” that frontally defy federal immigration law and grant hiding places to people entering America brazenly and illegally, why can’t we likewise have “Statutory States” that opt to honor federal law, even when the federal government is too incompetent to uphold its own United States Code? Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis once again has emerged as one of the most creative state executives in the country, a breath of fresh air amid the stale winds from the Biden White House.
What a concept! If someone breaks into your house illegally, you call the cops and get them thrown out. Or maybe, if perilous circumstances so dictate, you shoot them first. And then you call the cops to have the rest removed. But you don’t welcome or hide them. You evict.
We all know by now the Democrat Plan Book to swamp red Republican conservative states like Texas and Florida with “Replacement Illegals” who, although not literally replacing citizens already in the state, will overwhelm the state population with presumed future Democrat voters. Yes, the uncomfortable term “Replacement Illegals” is loaded with controversy and, when used by White Supremacists, is repugnant. However, Democrats indeed now have effectuated “replacement demographics” successfully in once-red states like California, and they are moving in that direction in Nevada and Arizona. However it is denominated, the plan is simple, powerful, and effective:
1. Inundate a red GOP state with Illegal Immigrants.
2. The undocumented lawless entrants will be barred from voting — meantime — but all children born to them on American soil will be U.S. citizens instantly, voting eventually in less than two decades’ time when they come of age.
3. Meanwhile, their teens arriving with them — also illegally — will cry “DACA! DACA!” pleading that, although their parents acted wrongly, the teens should not be punished. So the teens initially will receive discounted and free college admissions into state universities, and in five or ten years the DACA kids will get to vote as public sympathy or a change in governance wins their claim.
4. Meanwhile, the illegal entrants themselves — after two decades or so — ultimately win their own General Amnesty and the right to vote, as four or so White House administrations come and go, and memories fade that they entered our country by breaking our laws.
Yes, the Democrats’ Replacement Plan — or whatever kinder, gentler name is accorded the strategy — seems a far-fetched long road, but it ultimately is quite short: When the Left inundates our borders with illegal immigrants now, red states become permanently and irreversibly blue Democrat entities in twenty years. “Twenty Years” is a long time away — today. However, after two decades pass, “Twenty Years” is at here-and-forever So they inundated California when it was deep red under deeply conservative Republican governors like George Deukmejian (elected November 1982, so governed from 1983-1990) and Pete Wilson (governed 1991-1998). No one realized then what was unfolding, not even Democrats’ leaders who mostly opposed illegal immigration then because they knew it destroyed lower-rung wages for the Democrats’ then-core constituencies: Blacks, working class Midwestern “Rust Belt” White union members, and Hispanic farm workers. Few opposed illegal Mexican immigration more than did Mexican-American California farm workers’ hero Cesar Chavez, whose birthday is celebrated throughout California as a statewide holiday and in at least eight other states. Eventually, some twenty years passed, and everyone came to realize what happens when illegal immigration synergizes with the Law of Unintended Consequences. Suddenly, red California got so “brown” that it became “blue.” In a strange California color political palette, the Democrats elected Gray Davis to be governor for what now seems, with recall if not hindsight, to have been a few hours until the state got inundated with so many blackouts and newly pre-scheduled “brown-outs” that even Democrats decided to escort Gray out.
That recall ushered in the Schwarzenegger transition. It would be California’s last breath of conservatism before “Replacement Demographics” — or whatever nuanced term would describe the phenomenon more elegantly — had become irreversible. Schwarzenegger entered the state house (elected November 2003) as a bonafide, moderately conservative Republican. He opposed same-sex marriage, pushed for deep statewide budget cuts, and advocated bold conservative principles at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Those were the years he was calling Democrat liberals “Girlie Men.” How soon we forget! His policy reversals began only after he called a special statewide election to press for four dramatic state propositions in 2005, his second year as governor, and got trounced on all four by the unions. Prop 73 would have restricted union spending in state elections. Prop 74 would have required public school teachers to teach more years before attaining the tenure that makes them impossible to fire ever more. Prop 76 would have slowed state spending sharply. Prop 77 would have had retired federal judges redraw election districts to assure greater fairness removed from political gerrymandering. After Schwarzenegger got clobbered, he shifted political focus to opposing more fencing along the southern border, warning about global warming, and yet he still vetoed 35 percent of the too-liberal bills that came on his desk. But the tide of twenty years had turned California without anyone noticing what had been occurring. Then came governors Jerry Brown and now Gavin Newsom. Similarly, the Republicans lost the rest of their state-wide presence as a California that had elected conservative Republican U.S. Senators like Richard Nixon, S.I. Hayakawa, and Pete Wilson began foisting on America the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Kamala Harris. Today California is a leader among “Sanctuary States” while boasting a plethora of “Sanctuary Cities.”
Ron DeSantis in Florida, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — even Kristi Noem of South Dakota and other governors so situated — prefers not to let similar blue seeds be sown now for twenty years hence. Instead, these governors are advancing conservative regulations and laws now that proclaim to outsiders as well as to their own constituents the determined conservatism of their states. Laws like restrictions on abortions and bans against teaching Critical Race Theory to public school kids or imposing CRT ideology at the workplace. They especially are signaling woke Leftists fleeing over-taxed blue Democrat states where woke policies have destroyed paradises and created centers for homelessness and surging crime — the dystopic opposite of “sanctuary.” For many on the Left, having done their damage, they no longer can tolerate the perditions their own positions and propositions perpetuated, so they up-and-flee to the better living of states like Texas and Florida that have rejected those same policies that contribute to homelessness, surging crime, worsened public-school education, and so much other societal failure. Both Abbott and DeSantis manifest the vision to dissuade them, as if to be saying:
“So you want to enjoy our low taxes — actually, our no taxes — way of living? Our safer streets, minimized homelessness, greater pure normalcy? OK. We welcome newcomers. Oh, but note that, here, unlike where you come from, we also have laws that restrict abortions. No haven here for illegal immigrants. In fact, we are budgeting $8 million to expel those who broke into this state by contemning and defying our reasonable laws. Unlike the Sanctuary States from which you are fleeing — now in desperate search of your own sanctuary — think of us as Statutory States. Oh, and by the way, we also are going to ban Critical Race Theory from being taught in our public schools or propagated at the workplace.”
If only California’s conservative governors could have seen what was unfolding forty years ago. But no one knew. Again, that is why Democrats then led the charge against illegal immigration. With Statutory States now staking out their own ground, it may not be too late to save the future while America’s legally landed Hispanic population starts shifting to the right as they figure out how they have been played by White liberals who have been the power players behind the curtains.
(After years of reflecting on the reality of Woke and other Left-Wing cancel culture, amid my two decades as a law professor, I now have decided to throw caution to the wind and go on Twitter. Feel free to follow me at: @DovFischerRabbi )
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