CalExit movement gains mixed reaction from Fil-Ams
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
LOS ANGELES — Since Donald Trump took office, many states are starting to take their own action — some in California are thinking of leaving the other 49 states of the union all together.
One popular phrase here in Los Angeles…CalExit.
Proponents of the so-called “CalExit” have now begun collecting signatures for petitions to allow California to break away from the rest of the United States.
California is the sixth largest economy in the world, with a population of nearly 39 million. It has the reputation of being a progressive state, often going in its own direction politically.
While a study shows that 1 in 3 Californians would support the move, Filipinos had mixed feelings about the state’s proposed secession.
“I’d love for that to happen, but that’s very unlikely,” said April Goddard. “There’s gotta be a lot of research that needs to be done. But should they really do the right thing? Definitely.”
“I don’t believe in CalExit,” said student Ron. “We’re still part of the United States, but if anything, our state is strong enough.”
Some believe California is needed to influence the rest of the country.
“It’s not possible. While we can, I want us to stay so we can stand and fight. We have people here. And if we leave, we can’t affect the government anymore,” said Christopher Merle, a student at LMU.
The sentiment was echoed by state leaders.
“There’s a lot of anger and angst and folks talking about leaving the nation — but I can say this: no state ever succeeds by seceding,” said Kevin de Leon, CA Senate President Pro-Tem. “You don’t secede, you lead. You don’t allow one man who is occupying the White House to change our values.”
Fil-Am community leader Noel Omega — a life long Republican and business leader — says secession could be bad for business.
“If California breaks away from the United States, we would need to break away from the rest of the infrastructure that is already in the United States,” Omega, from the Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce in LA, said. “We now need to develop trade relationships, to develop other things that we get without even breathing.”
Proponents of “Yes California” have 6 months to collect some 585,000 signatures for it to be on the 2018 ballot.
Even if it were to pass, there are many issues to be included — and the US Congress may eventually have the final say if the Golden State was to break away from the union.