A few days ago, I said on this website that the Sunbelt was dead and that Dixie was entering a new phase of its history.
This latest migration data from the Census Bureau has confirmed my suspicion: the collapse of the housing bubble has frozen millions of Americans in place, internal migration within the United States has slowed to a crawl, and some states in the Sunbelt like Florida and Nevada have actually lost population in recent years.
Now that the Sunbelt economy isn’t roaring along, voraciously chewing up the Southern countryside to create fresh areas of suburban sprawl for Whites to escape the Black Undertow, the Yankees aren’t flipping their houses to move to Dixie anymore.
In 2008 and 2009, Florida lost 30,000 residents. From 2007 to 2010, the Pew Hispanic Center has found that 225,000 illegal aliens left Florida for destinations in other states. While Alabama has gotten more attention from the Mainstream Media for its new immigration law, Florida has actually shed more illegal aliens because of the terrible economy.
Illegal aliens have been pouring out of the Eastern South for several years now: Virginia has lost 115,000, North Carolina has lost 50,000, Tennessee has lost 20,000, Georgia has lost 50,000, Alabama has lost 10,000, South Carolina has lost 15,000.
They have also been leaving the Southwest: California has lost 200,000, Arizona has lost 100,000, Nevada has lost 50,000, Utah has lost 10,000, and Colorado has lost 60,000.
The dying core of the Sunbelt has gained illegal aliens from other states: New Mexico gained 5,000, Mississippi gained 5,000, Louisiana gained 30,000, Kentucky gained 35,000, Oklahoma gained 20,000, and Texas gained 200,000.
In Mississippi and Louisiana, illegal aliens have moved there to work as construction workers on the Hurricane Katrina damage. Texas and Oklahoma have attracted illegal aliens and domestic migrants because the economy is stronger there than it is elsewhere.
The bottom line here though is that the Sunbelt economy was the single biggest factor attracting Hispanics, African-Americans, and Northerners to move to the South. The Sunbelt economy is dead now though and it is never coming back. The Yankees have stopped moving to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
What comes next?
In Alabama, the provision in Alabama’s immigration law that required public schools to check the immigration status of students was inserted by the Immigration Reform Law Institute as part of a legal strategy to topple the Plyer v. Doe decision that requires the states to educate the children of illegal aliens.
Meanwhile, Georgia is challenging Section V of the Voting Rights Act that requires preclearance from the Justice Department or the federal courts to redraw state legislative and congressional districts:
“The state of Georgia and its voters are being subjected to the continued extraordinary intrusion into its constitutional sovereignty through Section 5 and its outdated preclearance formula based upon discriminatory conditions that existed more than 47 years ago but have long since been remedied,” the state says in its filing.
To my knowledge, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Alabama are also currently engaged in a fight with the Justice Department over the Voting Rights Act because of the redistricting maps that have been approved by the new Republican-controlled state legislatures.
Looking ahead, we see a future emerging that will be unlike the recent past in the American South: because of the death of the Sunbelt economy, the total number of illegal aliens coming here is way down, domestic migration from other states has slowed to a crawl, most states are shedding large numbers of illegal aliens, White racial attitudes are hardening, and the Juan Crow system is emerging across the region.
Pat Buchanan is mistaken on the Sunbelt. His demographic projections assume that current trends will continue when they have already reversed course.
In the future, Dixie is going to be black and White, and racially polarized like it was in the past. The suburbs are going to die and the major cities are going to depopulate. As the price of food and energy soars, the Southern population will move back to the small towns and the rural areas.
As for the Southwest, the future of civilization in that region is massive depopulation, with Mexicans moving back to Mexico, and Whites moving to the more habitable parts of North America. Nevada is already well on its way to returning to a desolate wasteland. Arizona and Southern California won’t be far behind.
There isn’t going to be a Sunbelt in the future and that emerging reality is going to change everything that we assumed about the long term political fate of this region.