The brutal honest truth

Virginia Postrel had an interesting post re: a USA Today article on California and immigration — it’s not what you think…

“More Hispanics are leaving California than whites,” says demographer William Frey, who linked “white flight” from California and New York in the early 1990s to the surge in immigrants in those states. “Now, it’s a middle-class flight motivated by cost and congestion.”

Postrel’s insight: “This phenomenon means that immigrants in California will be disproportionately poor and unassimilated, adding to the other reasons why immigration is a hotter issue in California than in Texas.”

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