“We need a wall.”
“My God, they’re spreading like cancer.”
“Kick them out ...”
Those were some of the emotional, and sometimes hateful, comments made on social media reacting to a story we published last week about more migrants crossing the border into Arizona.
But these migrants weren’t from Central America.
They are from California.
Recent figures from the Census Bureau show nearly 262,000 people moved into Arizona from other states last year. And almost 60,000 of them had been residents of the self-proclaimed Golden State, according to the article by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, who covers state government for us.
The news didn’t sit well with many of our readers. We got around 100 comments on our Facebook accounts, mostly from people who don’t want to see the further “Californication” of Arizona.
The sentiment isn’t really a new one. California has been the object of scorn for years from Arizonans who think the Golden State is a den of misguided souls. That sentiment is even shared by residents who moved here from there.
And what is it about Californians that sets off Arizonans? For some who posted comments it’s their behavior:
“We need a bigger wall!! Keep those sanctimonious a-- — out of here.”
“Almost got hit 9 times this past month because they just roll on by during a red light.”
“Proceeds to screw up every state they move to.”
“Omg. Yes! Was there on vacation last month! California yah vehicles everywhere!! Crazy!!”
“Keep them out. We don’t want all those snowflakes here.”
For others, it is their politics:
“We in Arizona have noticed and are requesting you keep the bowls of cereal... nuts and flakes... where they belong in California.”
“So blue is the way huh?? Thats why they are leaving ca because you idiots ruined the state and now you idiots are trying to come here and do the same smh nobody wants you here.”
“As long as the voters from California do not bring their bad choices into our AZ Government. Keep AZ RED or we’ll end up just like California — taxed to high hell, illegals camping out and non enforcement of our laws.”
“And instead of realizing that their loony politics destroyed their state, they move here and enact the same ...”
“No, keep you’re failed California policies in your stupid state. Don’t ruin Arizona.”
And for a few others, it is their looks:
“Too bad it’s all the ugly ones.”
But not everyone who posted shared the opinion that more Californians moving to Arizona was bad news:
“Ugh, they’re the only thing keeping az from being kentucky. just embrace it.”
“It’s amusing how people automatically assume every Californian is a Democrat.”
“Haters gonna hate, but it’s too late. Turn AZ blue at a speedy rate!!!!!”
But the Census Bureau report finds that, generally speaking, Arizonans have more itchy feet than those in other states. We are more likely to move more frequently than the rest of the country.
For example, almost 27,000 people who lived in Arizona in 2016 found their way to California in 2017. And more Arizonans decided to become residents of the Lone Star State than those who opted to move here.
Of course the reason some may leave Arizona is because of who’s moving here. At least that’s what some commenters indicated:
“It’s boring here anyhow id rather live in Cali if I could.”
“NOOOOOOO! They ruined Colorado. Now I have to move again!”
“I noticed that the Carolinas picked up the most people moving out of Arizona. I was one of them. Loved living in Phoenix and Maricopa, AZ, but love living in Charleston, SC even more now.”
For other commenters it was a sense of the way things are, so we should just accept it:
“Unfortunately it doesn’t matter if we want them or not, they are coming and they are changing the vote.”
And others were even welcoming:
“Wow, why are many people on this feed anti-Californian? Weird. I guess only the angry people commented, lol. Well I’m not angry. We split our time between Maricopa and the bay area. Expensive state, yes, but there is so much beauty there and they’re good peeps. I welcome you guys, come on over.”
You can contact Andy Howell at 520-423-8614 or email@example.com.