Mysterious billboards have emerged in Florida warning residents against moving to Texas due to the rising number of shootings in the state.
A large number of residents are leaving California to move to Texas, a soft-on-crime Golden State, for a better quality of life in the red states.
Don't move to Texas
The billboards read, "The Texas Miracle died in Uvalde. Don't move to Texas." The billboards also have a hooded figure with a crossed-out slogan: "Don't mess with Texas."
What Is Texas Miracle?
The "Texas Miracle" refers to former Gov. Rick Perry's description of the state's regulatory model, which helped it weather the Great Recession. "Don't mess with Texas," a favourite motto in the Lone Star State, is rooted in a 1980s anti-littering campaign, according to The New York Post.
Residents have seen these billboards in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but it's unclear who placed these billboards. However, Fox Point Media allegedly leased the San Francisco billboard to the advertisers, which is located close to the intersection of Folsom and 7th Street.
Billboards Show No Party Affiliation
The billboards show no party affiliation or sponsor. One theory states that the ad may have come from right-leaning Texans eager to keep liberal Californians away from their voting booths. Others thought that the message may have come from Californians in an attempt to slow an "exodus" to Texas, according to SFGate.
People Have Been Moving From California to Texas in Recent Years.
According to census data, more people have been moving from California to Texas in recent years. The net migration in 2018 and 2019 was between 45,000 and 50,000 per year, or approximately twice as many as in the years before. Tesla, Oracle, and HP Enterprise are just a few of the big IT businesses that have recently moved their headquarters to Texas.
One in ten people who move to Texas are from California, according to a research by the Texas Real Estate Research Center. As its population decreased in comparison to other states last spring, Texas won two House seats, while California lost one.