Mass Immigrant Deportations Won't Help The American Housing Crisis At All

Submitted by: lalapancakes 3 months ago News & Politics

The health of America's economy is showing tough rhetoric on illegal immigration shouldn’t be taken at face value. A recent study to come from a Brigham Young University and Cornell researcher shows how the 2007 national housing collapse was only worsened through the aggressive deportation efforts by the American government. Housing researcher Jacob Rugh and  demographer, Matt Hall pointed to correlations in demographic data showing the majority of illegals helped pay rent and mortgages. Illegals lived in homes with legal immigrants, who depended on their illegal counterpart's financial contributions towards housing. 


The records of deportations show, starting in 2005, that Latino households saw greater numbers in foreclosures as more people were taken from their homes and families. These deportations created more blight on neighborhoods and property values in America, while also contributing to a rise in poverty and homelessness. Like a game of chess, strategy and future foreshadowing are the keys to a viable and successful rule. Researchers believe the topic on illegals should be more financially focused over emotionally driven.

“The bigger implication is that the negative effects of a single deportation can create a ripple effect that could damage the surrounding community," reads the Cornell Chronicle. "Foreclosures often result in vacant or abandoned houses, leading to crime and civic disengagement. That in turn can reduce the value of homes in the neighborhood, leading to yet more foreclosures. And communities lose out on tax revenue from those homes."

'So much of immigration policy is unfortunately driven by emotional appeal and not by cost-benefit analysis or any kind of empirical assessment,' Hall said. 'My concern is that as efforts to deport people are ramped up, we do not lose sight of how deportations not only destroy families – many of whom are U.S. citizens – but also harm communities and local economies.'”

From the New York Times:

“Such sizable effects are possible because of an often-overlooked dynamic in Hispanic households: Many undocumented immigrants live in — and contribute income to — households with legal residents. In those 42 counties, for example, the researchers estimate that nearly three-quarters of the 1.2 million households with at least one undocumented adult immigrant also contained a documented adult household member. And about a third of all undocumented immigrants in those counties lived in owner-occupied homes. 

'It’s just so much higher than what people think,' Mr. Rugh said. 'It’s a very interesting twist on the Latino incorporation story: Their tremendous increases in homeownership and other things — a lot of those gains are because they pooled resources across legal status.'”

And deportation, Mr. Rugh said, can have an effect similar to other life traumas that are known to increase foreclosure risk, like divorce, death of a family member and unemployment. 'It’s like unemployment,' he said. 'Somebody got unemployed because they got deported and removed from the country.'”

In a broader sense, this also means that mass deportations risk undermining gains that American citizens of Latin American descent have made in assimilating into the United States economy.“

There are 13 comments:
Male 3,164
By this logic we should let any criminal that can help their families and friends pay their rent/mortgage out of prison.
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Male 1,138
No matter what the results are if we didn't have 12,000,000 illegal persons in the country it would be a mote point. Would the crash have been less if they were not here? Or more?
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Male 1,138
And not doing anything about the illegals because of some preserved loss is not the way law works.
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Male 7,503
They plan on moving 15 illegal families from my neighborhood...that will leave one (1) house vacant....
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Male 2,669
I'm sorry - did I miss something? 
Was anybody counting on it to ease the housing problem?
Is anyone really that stupid?
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Male 192
Nonsense.  How about the rent controlled section 8 housing?
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Male 1,371
Mmm, I'm actually with the conservatives on this one. This article talks about the problems that would be caused by deportation without doing a full cost/benefit analysis. Of COURSE deporting illegal immigrants will have some negative effects on parts of America. It would also have some positive effects (deterrent on some potential illegal immigrants, less human trafficking, etc.).

I don't like how politicians keep debating between the two extremes of costly deportation and absolute forgiveness/safe cities. There could be consequences, monitoring, enforcement of back taxes, etc. Illegal immigration needs to be enforced in a manner that benefits humanity and America in the best way possible. 
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Male 37,052
Wait, is this article saying Obama is deporting MORE ILLEGALS than Bush did? Really?
Sounds like utter bullshit.
And why isn't the MSM and SJWs up in arms over Obama's RACISM if this is true>? Humm? Anyone have an answer for that? Because the only reason to deport someone there illegally is racism... unless they are white eh? And yes, white, blacks and other colours also get deported, not just 'Mexicans' ok??
Exploiting illegals to get rent or mortgage money is NOT a virtue, it's a crime. These people who advocate it are bigots and idiots. Deplorable!
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Male 1,310
Sorry to say it but there are a few things that Obummer did that I approve of, including deporting more illegal aliens than any other administration; 30 million+.  I will also approve of him vacating the White house next month.
  
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Female 3,283
I wasn't aware illegal immigration was anything about 'housing'????  its about being... ILLEGAL.
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Male 1,310
Breaking the law = Breaking the law.  Put your emotions aside while the adults handle things or at least get involved in the legislative process to change how immigration laws work.
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Male 709
Wonder if people share those same sentiments about internet piracy... "Breaking the law, that I'm not currently breaking = Breaking the law" ...fixed to identify with hypocrisy of most people. (not necessarily you =D)
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Male 1,310
I despise internet piracy, and yes I realize there was no finger pointing on your part.  
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