Sorry but you’re wrong about Texas at least. Most of our state has tried to stem the tide by restricting illegals from obtaining welfare benefits instead of opening the gates like the California legislature.
Our Governor has been in the forefront of trying to get the Feds to police our borders for illegals and the drug cartels and has done what he can with Texas law enforcement resources like the Texas Rangers and county sheriffs.
I’d say the Californians who screamed their heads off weren’t very convincing to the majority who kept voting for the liberal legislators and city officials who welcomed the illegals with open arms.
Californians voted overwhelmingly to pass Prop 187, which would have denied welfare benefits to illegals and their children, but it was overturned by the courts.
Don't blame the citizens. They tried to do the right thing.
As for our illustrious Governor Rick Perry, he did little to nothing to influence our legislature to pass (or even bring to the floor) any number of strong anti-illegal immigration bills in the last (and previous) legislative session. Neither did his RINO Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst. All of those bills were allowed to die behind closed doors - intentionally KILLED by their henchman, Joe Straus.