Dallas Morning News’ Schnurman wants Texas to be more Welcoming It makes sense to examine how Schnurman’s ideas have worked in California.

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By Lynn Woolley

There is no doubt that left-wing thought permeates every facet of the Dallas News. You see it on the front page, the editorial page, the sports section, and on the business page.

Mitchell Schnurman writes in praise of the City of Dallas and its welcoming attitude. He ticks off a list of left-wing issues, and takes the side of progressives every time. With regard to immigration, he chides a Texas that would say “show me your papers” in favor of cities that work to circumvent our immigration laws. He says:

“This is the Texas we need.”

I emailed to remind him that this is the California we already have. As a sanctuary state, Callie is where Schnurman wants Texas to be. According to Forbes, California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America. That seems to be Schnurman’s vision for Texas.

Schnurman’s “two kinds of Texas.” 

A U.S. Border Patrol officer stands near prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall in San Diego last November.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Sounding like John Edwards, the writer proclaims two kinds of Texas.

One pushes a bathroom bill that targets transgender students and dismisses the hit on Texas’ business-friendly image, and the other rises up in opposition and holds off the measure.

One passes a “show me your papers” law that bans sanctuary cities, and the other files a legal challenge with the backing of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and more.

One sues to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program to protect unauthorized immigrants brought here as children, and the other embraces the notion of becoming welcoming cities that nurture and integrate immigrants.

He mentions that all of Texas’ big cities (with the notable exception of Fort Worth) rise in opposition to what seems like common sense to conservatives. To answer each of these three items, I’ll rely on logic and rule of law.

I did not support the “Bathroom Bill” because I felt it was unnecessary and because the Left was standing by to make trouble. But the logic of it cannot be questioned. As a male, I don’t want to use the bathroom with females or females dressed as males present. If, in these times, we have to make a separate room for the LGBTQIA community – then do it. But business and taxpayers can’t afford a room for each letter. On the other hand, if a woman looks so manly that I can’t tell the difference, then who cares?

Regarding “show me your papers” and DACA, we have laws that liberals don’t like and cannot get changed. Schnurman is essentially calling for Texas to become a sanctuary state like California where laws that liberals don’t like don’t get enforced.

It makes sense to examine how Schnurman’s ideas have worked in California.

In a late 2014 article, Forbes Magazine points out that California hasn’t been doing nearly so well as their governor tell us:

Despite a much-heralded recovery in the media and by Governor Jerry Brown, California still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. Also, more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population. It is not surprising, therefore, that California is ranked number one in poverty.

The Center for Immigration Studies noted all the way back in 1998 (in a study) that the influx of immigrants into California has produced a low-wage, under-educated worker class:

This high concentration of low-education immigrants in the state has supplied California’s businesses with a large pool of unskilled labor. In addition, the authors found that California’s immigrants earn lower wages than natives in almost all educational categories and occupations. This pattern contrasts sharply with the pattern observed nationally, where immigrant wages either exceed or roughly equal those of similarly skilled natives.

It’s almost certainly worse now. Quartz media ran a story about the exodus from Callie to Texas:

Kevin Korenthal was once a registered Democrat, living in a California suburb. After struggling to keep his small public relations firm afloat for years, he decided to pack up his family and two dogs. Last year, Korenthal moved to McKinney, a conservative community in the outskirts of Dallas, Texas. By that point, he was a self-described Trump supporter. “California is a lost cause now. I tell people ‘Abandon ship. Go to Texas,’” he says.

And so they do. And if you Bing “California exodus to Texas” you’ll get plenty of hits.

Mitchell Schnurman “Business Insight” columnist for the Dallas Morning News

Is this what Schnurman wants?

I have never claimed to understand the liberal mindset, so I can’t say. But he blathers on about how “welcoming” Dallas is how the city has an “Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs” – which undoubtedly helps illegals stay in Dallas while avoiding deportation.

Would all this “welcoming” and “inclusion” turn us into another California? It could.

We have a legislative buffer in that Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stand between people like Schnurman and Texas becoming the hellhole that California is.

We can be welcoming and inclusive without being stupid.

I don’t know anybody that hates Mexicans. I run in conservative circles and I don’t know anybody that doesn’t believe immigration has a part to play in our country. We need immigrants and we need to fill jobs. We need to replace people that we are killing through abortion who would otherwise be available to take these jobs.

President Trump’s ideas of securing our border, building a wall, and then creating a quota system to bring in both skilled and unskilled immigrants from many ethnicities and speaking varied languages makes perfect sense.

The idea is to screen them with medical and criminal background checks, teach them our language and assimilate them into our culture. That makes sense – a lawful and logical system where the immigrants and the United States both benefit. The Left – particularly in Washington, D.C. — will never agree to a plan that might not produce near-exclusively Democratic voters.

Hopefully, Mr. Schnurman will do some reading before he writes his next essay on “welcoming” and “inclusion.” Both ideas sound wonderful – so wonderful that California went all-in. And now people who live in the Golden States are trying to get all out.


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  1. BenVincent says:

    I can remember when the Dallas Times Herald was the democrat leaning newspaper and the Dallas Morning News was the republican leaning paper.
    These days it seems like it was the Dallas Morning News that went out of business.

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