By Rick Oltman, October 16, 2017
The fires in California’s wine country have been burning for a week now. The North Bay counties, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, have been hit particularly hard in both urban and rural areas. Some fires have been “contained,” meaning that they burned themselves out. There was no more fuel.
There are at least 40 dead and 400 missing, and while not said, it is presumed they are gone too. There are 5,700 structures destroyed, a quarter of a million acres burned and over 100,000 evacuated. And it isn’t over yet. October is the most fire prone month of the year in California. The 26th anniversary of the devastating Oakland Hills firestorm is Thursday, October 19.
I described the disaster in Santa Rosa to friends out of state as “… looking like Hiroshima.” A local news reporter described it as “… looking like Dresden … ,” which I found interesting, and was imagining that the Generation Xers and Ys were immediately tapping at their iPhones using the Wikipedia app, or perhaps the new search engine I just discovered and am very happy with, DuckDuckGo, to look up the reference.
But, of course, in the middle of this growing disaster comes a news story in the Sacramento Bee about “… undocumented workers … fearful of deportation.”
Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa have both publicly declared their support for illegal aliens and want to prevent the federal government from enforcing the law. They don’t call themselves a sanctuary city or county, and we know why. They are fearful of losing federal money. But Santa Rosa is now calling itself an “invisible city.”
Sonoma County and Santa Rosa are only two jurisdictions in the Sanctuary State of California that continually whine about federal immigration law enforcement.
“We are going to have to step up locally,” Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said. “(Illegal aliens) are the backbone of our economy … .” Sonoma County has been whining about increased enforcement for months, about 10 months actually. So the Sonoma County taxpayers can expect to see aid to illegal aliens added to the cost of the fires.
And Sonoma County will be supported in their efforts to thwart any federal immigration enforcement by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who doesn’t represent the North Bay, but owns two wineries in the fire danger zones, and is rumored to allegedly employ illegal alien workers.
And not even waiting until disaster is over, people are opining about how illegal aliens will be needed to rebuild.
From one of the many email feeds I receive:
- Four-thousand houses to build. The last non-Mexicans who do that are too old.
- One-hundred-thousand acres of land to clean up. The last non-Mexicans who do that have been dead for a generation.
- This fire will rewrite the narrative about immigration.
So when the destruction ends and the repairs begin, it is fully expected that the call for illegal aliens, aka undocumented workers, will be loud and strong, and any attempt by the federal government to enforce our immigration laws will be met with whining the likes of which we haven’t heard, and we’ve heard a lot.
The Sanctuary State of California will welcome even more illegal aliens who will gladly stream north for the paychecks.
Illegal immigration has been an ongoing disaster in California for nearly three decades now. The Golden State, once the country’s leader in so many ways, has declined substantially, and this recent natural disaster will only accelerate the illegal immigration disaster and the decline.
I’m beginning to understand how Ausonius felt.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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