USA Today chose to focus predominantly on the Hispanic angle. On August 8th, 2007, they reported that rapidly growing numbers of Hispanics are fanning out across the eastern half of the USA, settling in rural and suburban counties far from traditional immigrant strongholds. In particular, the number of Hispanics has soared since 2000 in counties such as Paulding near Atlanta, Kendall on the western edge of Chicago, and Stafford, Prince William and Loudoun in Virginia, outside Washington.
See USA Today Graphic: Changing landscapes from 2000-2006 (this graphic cannot be posted on this site).
Included amongst this group in Pennsylavania's Luzerne County, where the Hispanic population nearly tripled since 2000, the fourth-fastest increase among large counties. Luzerne is home to Hazleton, which enacted a law last year that would have fined landlords who rented to illegal immigrants and suspended licenses of companies that hire them. A federal judge last month ruled the law unconstitutional.
And these windfall increases in areas unaccustomed to "diversity" create social ferment and intensify the uproar over immigration. In response to what is now being more as an invasion rather than immigration, 41 states have enacted 171 laws this year aimed at illegal immigrants. About 100 communities have proposed similar ordinances; 40 have been enacted. Tensions between different groups are rising.
And that's where we pick up the San Francisco Chronicle's story. In their version of the AP report, they disclose that many longtime Hispanic residents are not only feeling less welcome, but more threatened, according to a group called Mexicans Without Borders. [Ed. Note: What does the name "Mexicans Without Borders" tell you about their LOYALTY?]
However, Greg Letiecq, who formed a group called Help Save Manassas to fight illegal immigration in northern Virginia, stresses that the issue is behavior rather than race. "It's not about ethnicity, it's not about race. It's about lawful behavior versus unlawful behavior," Letiecq said. He went on to complain about the failure fo many of these immigrants to assimilate.
In contrast, the New York Times article focused primarily upon specific numbers, including black population movements. Here's the critical excerpt from their story:
In a new study for the Population Reference Bureau, Mark Mather and Kelvin Pollard found that Hispanic people were increasingly attracted to job opportunities and lower costs outside major metropolitan areas.
“Between 2000 and 2006, the total population in small towns and rural areas increased by 3 percent, but the Hispanic population in these counties grew from 2.6 million to 3.2 million, a 22 percent increase,” the authors of the study wrote.
So far this decade, they added, “there are also new areas of growth, including exurban counties in the Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas, plus parts of Texas, central Florida, and a few other states.”
Since 2000, the Hispanic population more than doubled in metropolitan Winchester, Va.; Scranton, Pa.; Cape Coral, Fla.; and Hagerstown, Md.. The largest numerical increases were in metropolitan Los Angeles (576,630); Riverside, Calif., (545,152); Dallas (472,222); Houston (470,157); and New York (418,720).
Black populations declined in metropolitan New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and New York. The biggest numerical gains were in Atlanta (370,470), Houston (142,364), Dallas (130,367), Miami (126,819) and Washington (114,915).
The growth in Atlanta, Houston and Dallas was attributed in part to survivors of Hurricane Katrina moving to those cities. The highest growth rates among Asian populations were in metropolitan Napa, Calif., and Ocala, Naples, Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie, Fla. The greatest numerical increases were in New York (309,773), Los Angeles (216,987), Washington (105,390), San Francisco (103,073) and Chicago (93,237).
Metropolitan Phoenix; Atlanta; Dallas; Houston; Las Vegas; Austin, Tex.; Charlotte; Portland, Ore.; and Raleigh, N.C., each recorded gains in non-Hispanic whites of more than 100,000 since 2000. The largest losses were registered by metropolitan New York (248,422), Los Angeles (193,109), San Francisco (127,151) and New Orleans (111,162).
Harris County, Tex., home to Houston, gained 121,400 minority residents from 2005 to 2006, the most of any county. Sixty-three percent of its residents were members of minorities.
Maricopa County, Ariz., home to Phoenix, recorded the biggest numerical increase in Hispanic residents (71,000) and also the biggest increase in non-Hispanic whites (35,500).
Harris County and East Baton Rouge Parish registered the biggest increases in black residents, 52,000 and 19,000, respectively.
USA Today thoughtfully provides us with links to other related stories from their archives, as follows:
OTHER CHANGES: More blacks moving to untraditional locations
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Another significant issue brought forth by USA Today is the high birthrate among Hispanics, which has accounted for more than half of their growth during the past decade, according to Kenneth Johnson, demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. As young Hispanics settle in places where the aging population is largely white, the generation gap widens. This can affect school budgets and creating new needs that impinge directly on local taxpayers. The prospect of a inter-generational battle between underassimilated younger Hispanics and older whites does not bode well for the whites. La Raza's motto is "within the race, everything; outside the race, NOTHING!" As a matter of fact, La Raza quite literally means "the race".
Commentary: First, it would be useful to define "assimilation". Assimilation does NOT mean a foreigner must renounce his heritage, culture, and original language. It simply means that the foreigner cannot expect that Americans will speak to him in his language, implying a responsibility to acquire at least a functional command of English. It also means a foreigner can continue to practice his culture until it either breaks the law or creates a public nuisance. At that point, his culture must yield to the requirements of the law or the need to maintain public order.
Part of the problem is our own suck-up politicians, many of them white. They'll sell their mother's asses on the corner of Spenard and Minnesota (in Anchorage) if necessary for a vote. Consequently, they write laws and rules that require Americans to take special efforts to accomodate foreigners. One example of this is in the firefighting business in Oregon. An English-speaking American can get a job as a firefighter in Oregon without speaking Spanish. However, he cannot be promoted to a supervisory position without fluency in Spanish. Why? Because many firefighters are Hispanic with little to no command of English, and the authorities cite the need to communicate clearly in an emergency situation as a public safety issue. So this means an American citizen in his own country who doesn't speak a foreign language can get screwed out of job by a foreigner who speaks a foreign language but NO English. Isn't that called "COLONIALISM?"
The massive immigration influx has also rejuvenated the white nationalist movement. Knocked nearly comatose not only by the apprehension, trial and conviction of the Order and the SPLC's successful campaign against the White Patriot Party during the 80s, as well as alleged white nationalist connections to the Oklahoma City bombing through Tim McVeigh in the 90s, the white nationalist movement has been shaking off the cobwebs and slowly arising to its feet. A series of organized rallies this year, most recently in Kalamazoo, MI, have garnered more publicity and attracted additional supporters. In fact, the National Socialist Movement is planning a rally against illegal immigration in front of the Mexican Consulate in Omaha, NE on September 1st.
The failure to control our borders will continue to energize the movement, particularly as long as leaders like Bill White and Alex Linder continue their respective housecleaning campaigns. Other white nationalist leaders like David Duke continue to exemplify higher character standards as they grow in grace and wisdom. The white nationalist movement can no longer be sidetracked through marginalization and misrepresentation; many whites are losing their fear of the "racist" designation, which no longer has meaning but is merely used to silence debate and quash dissent. The issues fueling the movement must be addressed squarely. And immigration is the hottest issue.