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Corvus, whether people want to get into Texas or not would depend upon whether it is a better deal than some other place. Texas being independent does not automatically make it a better choice. I have enjoyed the boldness and brashness of Texas from afar but I could never live there myself. Just not my style. I do understand your concern though. I have a similar fear that hordes of people from Metro NYC, New Jersey, & Connecticut would want to move up here. No doubt folks in NH & Maine would want to keep the hordes from Metro Boston out. Like you, much of the issue is cultural.