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.“