August 22, 2006


Hispanic influx reshaping big cities (Anushka Asthana, 8/22/06, The Washington Post)

While they were still losing some whites, the more dramatic shift was the increase in Hispanics, some of whom were moving from California and elsewhere in the United States in search of a better — and more affordable — life.

Figueroa is part of a Hispanic population in Phoenix that has increased from 34 percent of the population to 48 percent in just five years.

"For years, Phoenix has been a retirement magnet, but now the big gain is immigration and secondary migration from California," Frey said. "Phoenix is still West but more affordable. All three cities are influenced by the exodus from California, and Hispanics are part of that."

He said Phoenix and Denver were "new-West cities" where economic change and new industries had created jobs.

Harry Garewal, president of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said part of the explanation for the growth in the Hispanic population is the area's "very robust economy."

Speaking from his Phoenix office, he said growth has created a greater demand for labor, particularly in construction. He said Arizona has 35,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, adding that the "Hispanic population in the state of Arizona have $26 billion in buying power." The local white population, he said, has benefited from a Hispanic-driven boost to the economy.

Which is why nativists are natural protectionists: destroy the economy and you get rid of jobs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2006 9:07 AM

Ceptin' fer them damn Okies.

Posted by: ghostcat at August 22, 2006 2:38 PM

Wow.That's gotta be the first time I've seen someone blame the Depression on the laws restricting immigration. But to be expected when you consider that "Nativism" is as flexible a label as "Zionism".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 22, 2006 10:13 PM

It's certainly not a coincidence that the economy underperformed during the nativist epoch that y'all get misty-eyed over and has thrived during the open borders era.

Posted by: oj at August 22, 2006 10:19 PM

What's the matter with Arizona (kansas)? I guess they're just not greedy enough.

Posted by: BRUTUS at August 23, 2006 10:54 AM