The people of Tulsa (and I expect many other cities) are upset. It seems they have a right to be. So do all Americans. (Click the header for details.)
Tulsa has a population of just under 400,000. There's an estimate (don't forget, estimate = guess) that there are now more than 50,000 illegal aliens in that city. That's an increase of support for a new non-English speaking 12-13% of the population. Bang. Just like that. This population swelling is being called a "silent invasion" by one broadcaster.
Now, that kind of drain on a city's resources can cause havoc. Especially if the increase does not coincide with a corresponding increase in city income. And apparently it has not. The city can no longer supply adequate safety, medical care, street maintenance, garbage pickup, and all the myriad of neccessary things we take for granted.
Even in an established area of hispanics (Albuquerque and Santa Fe both have long standing, mainly Mexican and Indian, areas. We call them "Old Town"). But in Tulsa's equivalent, "Plaza Santa Cecilia", the local shops report their business is down by 40%. One shop keeper said: "Everyone is staying home because of this immigration stuff." That sounds like the "gringos" are not continuing their normal shopping habits. (Wild Thing and I regularly go to Old Town for shopping and food. And we always take our guests there.)
How long any business that loses that big a percentage of sales can keep their doors open depends on how much money they have in the bank and how soon something is done to help them.
I've read about the internment of American citizens of Japanese heritage during World War II, and I feel it was reprehensible. Yeah, they caught a few illegal spies, but the overwhelming number of people interned were loyal Americans. I certainly do not expect that to be repeated for any group.
A Tulsa professor of Political Scence, Gary Rutledge, found out that an illegal who smashed into his truck, had no license, no insurance, would at most be fined and maybe given a short jail term (one month, maximum). Then he'd be back on the streets. The cops, according to Rutledge, couldn't find any filed accident report.
This came as big shock to Gary. He and his insurance company would have to make the repairs at their cost.
Along these lines, a good friend of ours was clipped by an illegal (maybe a year ago) and the cop didn't even bother to cite him for no license and no insurance. Albuquerque has a city ordinance requiring that any uninsured vehicle be towed to a city yard and placed in storage until the uninsured motorist proves to a court that he/she has insurance. Que sera, sera.
The Tulsa school system has taken a hit, too. Nilda Reyes, a honcho in the school system said there are more than six thousand children in "remedial" English classes. And that happened in five years. You need a number of new schools, equipment, support staff and teachers for that many kids.
"The school district also is making plans to expand remedial English teaching in higher grades, and is offering Spanish courses to teachers and looking to hire additional bilingual staff."
I'm sure the illegals appreciate this sort of thing. Now maybe they, themselves, will help stop the gang ridden violence that has become a major event in the daily life of Tulsans. (It is also a fact of life here in Albuquerque.)
There are accusations that Tulsa has become a "sanctuary city" for illegals. I wonder what that makes all New Mexican cities? And Arizonans? And Texans? And Coloradoans? And (fill in the blank)?
A guy with a radio show talk show in Tulsa advocates an immediate moratorium on immigration, a clamp down on the border and tough rules that hold employers responsible for checking immigration status. Good luck, sir.
It's nasty and it's only going to get nastier if the Feds don't wake up and do something the vast majority of American people want them to do. This is not Iraq nor Afghanistan. We really don't want armed posses in our streets. We don't want to wake up in the morning with the sound of gunfire. We don't want to go to bed seeing the flames from burning buildings.
What we want is to see some constructive and protective actions from this silent invasion.
Help us Congress.