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The #1 sanctuary city discussion we aren’t having.

December 7, 2017

It seems that the more people we import into the United States, the greater problems we have with social unrest.

Could it be that it’s not where they come from, or their religious ideologies, or the color of their skin, but simply that they are here?

To backtrack a moment, this discussion was the result of an seemingly unrelated news article.

The city of San Diego, CA  has a massive homeless problem, and according to this health-related ABC news wire story that problem exacerbated the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A, an incurable liver disease.

Why did that pique my interest?

Well, it’s not something I admit very often, but I am a native San Diegan, although I left decades ago.

I just couldn’t visually square the memories of the city I grew up in with the growing city-sanctioned and financed  tent cities for the homeless detailed in the story.

Of course the reason for them is the crazy-high cost of living, not just in San Diego, but in many population magnet cities.

Like the prices of anything else, the cost-of-living and particularly housing, is driven by supply and demand.

You might be asking, “hey, isn’t this more a matter of distribution instead of quantity?”

Yes and no.

Some places don’t attract a lot of people. It’s doubtful that many people who aren’t originally from Siberia are all that attracted to live in International Falls, MN or Mount Washington, NH, two of the coldest places in the U.S.

But it isn’t just climate that draws so many people to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland  or Seattle.

It’s a social  and governmental mindset that encourages selective overpopulation.

The population of the United States in 1960 was 179,323,175 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  In 2016 it was estimated to be 322,762,018, and that presupposes that everyone here illegally stood up to be counted. That’s a growth rate of approximately 172%.

In San Diego city specifically, the population has gone from 573,224 in 1960 to an estimated total of 1,406,600, up 245% over the same time period.

All those people have to live somewhere, and unless California starts mimicking China and building offshore islands the available land mass isn’t growing proportionately.

To the extent that sanctuary and open border policies contribute to the problem, immigration actually is as much a problem of quantity as it is of quality.

The hard truth is, neither a city nor a county nor a nation can absorb more people than its resources can provide for, no matter what the political climate of the moment.

The saying for years has been “As California goes, so goes the nation.”

Let’s hope not.

From → op-ed

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