The breakdown of law and order in rural California

Victor Davis Hanson:
The Weirdness of Illegal Immigration

The first casualty is the law. I am not referring to the collapse of federal immigration enforcement, but rather the ripples that must follow from it. When someone ignores a federal statute, then it is naturally easy to flout more. In Los Angeles, half the traffic accidents are hit-and-run collisions. I can attest first-hand that running from an accident or abandoning a wrecked vehicle is certainly a common occurrence in rural California. Last night on a rural road, a driver behind me (intoxicated? Malicious? Crazy?) apparently tried to rear-end me, then turned off his lights, sped up, and at the next stop sign pulled over swearing out the window in Spanish. In this age and in these environs, why would one call a sheriff for a minor everyday occurrence like that? The point is simply that when there is no federal law, no one has any idea how several million arrive in the U.S., much less what exactly they were doing before their illegal arrival. I note the latter consideration, because legal immigration does require some sort of personal history, and at the airport I am always asked by U.S Customs what exactly I was doing in Greece or Germany that prompted my trip.
This is a long piece but it details the breakdown of society in rural California.  I noticed the same thing on my recent trip when I traveled the back roads between San Francisco and LA.  It makes Appalachia look pristine.  Part of the weirdness is the contrast between what liberal control freaks say they want and the results of their abandoning of the law to the lawless.  Perhaps this is another reason why many in the middle class are fleeing California for Texas and elsewhere.


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