Jerry Brown said he welcomed illegal immigrants, and there's no question they heard and heeded. But here's a twist the governor might not have anticipated.
An editorial at investors.com alerted us to this. See As Businesses Flee, Jerry Brown's California Attracts A Different Kind Of "Investment". Excerpt:
When California Gov. Jerry Brown hung out the "all welcome" sign for illegals, Mexico's drug cartels heard him loud and clear. Raids on Thursday left lawmen declaring Los Angeles a cash-laundering mecca.
Roping off 100 blocks of downtown Los Angeles this week, federal agents from the U.S. attorney's office raided roughly 70 garment district businesses along with a few houses in tony Westwood and Beverly Hills.
The suspected crime was laundering money for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Agents hauled out $65 million in cash stuffed in duffel bags, suitcases and boxes, some of it blood-spattered.
The cash came from hostage ransoms, drug sales and alien-smuggling fees. Some of those arrested were charged with "various immigration offenses," according to the affidavit.
"Hostage ransoms, drug sales and alien-smuggling fees." Now those are businesses we shouldn't try to encourage. But it wouldn't be surprising to learn that these features were considered tolerable side effects of the more important goal of ultimately increasing the number of Democrat voters.