Mar012017

California Progressives built a wall more effective than Trump’s

California’s wall is a barrier of high home prices caused by a lack of supply created by nimby resistance in areas dominated by California Progressives.

President Donald Trump’s policies, like Donald Trump himself, enjoys very little support among California voters. When Trump campaigned in California during the primaries, it caused riots. During the general election, Trump lost California by nearly 4 million votes. California Progressives resist and detest everything Donald Trump proposes and stands for, particularly his immigration policies, which include proposals to deport undocumented workers illegal immigrants and build a wall to keep out future undocumented workers illegal immigrants.

Surprisingly, California Progressives and Donald Trump both embrace exclusionary policies that prevent people from taking up residence in California. Whereas Trump’s policies are openly hostile to immigrants, particularly illegals, Trump’s proposal to build a wall to stop the flow of illegal immigrants is designed to favor American citizens. California Progressives’ policies discriminate against everyone, even California natives and the children of California Progressives.

What policies am I referring to? The nimby policies that prevent sufficient housing to be built to accommodate population growth and job growth in California.

Without sufficient housing, residents of California must compete with each other for the available housing stock. This causes bidding wars over the scarce resource that pushes up both rents and home prices to levels so high that many people leave the state because they can’t afford to stay. California nimbys –which aren’t exclusively Progressive, but mostly so — California nimbys built an economic barrier far more effective than Trump’s wall would ever be. A wall can be breached, but high home prices can never be overcome or avoided.

So how do illegal immigrants live once they get to California? Most families live with several other families under the same roof. It’s not uncommon in heavily immigrant areas to see two, three, or more families living under the same small roof, often in squalid conditions. It seems that Californian’s want illegal immigrants to live in our state and clean our toilets for low wages, but for the most part, Californian’s don’t support providing enough housing to shelter these immigrants — or even California natives for that matter.

California Progressives decry Trump’s wall, but the barrier they created is even more difficult to overcome.

Trump says he is open to immigration compromise including legal status

By David Nakamura, Abby Phillip and Philip Rucker February 28, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday said he is open to an immigration reform bill that could provide a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for potentially millions of people who are in the United States illegally but have not committed serious crimes.

At a private White House luncheon with television news anchors, Trump signaled an openness to a compromise that would represent a softening from the crackdown on all undocumented immigrants that he promised during his campaign and that his more hard-line supporters have long advocated.

“The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides,” Trump told the anchors. His comments, reported by several of the journalists present, were confirmed by an attendee of the luncheon.

Trump said he hopes both sides can come together to draft legislation in his first term that holistically addresses the country’s immigration system, which has been the subject of intense and polarizing debate in Washington for more than a decade.

The comments were particularly striking given Trump’s long history of criticism of U.S. immigration policy and a presidential campaign centered on talk of mass deportations of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

I believe people will be surprised by Trump’s willingness to compromise to make a deal. He’s a dealmaker, not an idealogue. Of course, about half of the electorate will not listen to a word he says, but for those willing to pay attention objectively, he might turn out to be more reasonable than anyone expects. Of course, Trump’s campaign did set the bar of expectation pretty low.

The fear over what Trump’s immigration policies would accomplish is causing some fear mongering in the mainstream media.

Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices

by Prashant Gopal, February 22, 2017, 2:01 AM PST

In San Francisco, an Indian software engineer on a work permit canceled plans to bid on a $900,000 home. In Washington, a Brazilian nonprofit executive passed on a fixer-upper near her office. And, in Mesa, Arizona, a 24-year-old son of undocumented Mexican immigrants won the trust of a bank — a green light for a mortgage — but now fears deportation.

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies threaten to crack a foundation of the American economy: the residential real estate market. Legal and otherwise, immigrants, long a pillar of growth in homebuying, are no longer feeling the warm welcome and optimism necessary for their biggest purchase.

As a renter who would like to buy a primary residence in California, if Trump’s policies remove the competition for properties I might want to buy, I think that’s a good thing.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration detailed plans for a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants, saying the authorities would deport many more people without court hearings. Under Obama, the government focused on those convicted of violent crimes; Trump would lower the bar to include fraud and, in some cases, a belief the residents threatened public safety.

Even workers with green cards and work visas under the H1-B program for skilled foreign workers are worried about possible restrictions under Trump. The housing markets most at risk include Miami, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, which have the biggest concentrations of foreign-born buyers. …

“If Trump gets the immigration plan he wants, the housing market will get hit harder than any other,” said Alex Nowrasteh, a policy analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute. If “millions of people get deported and more people don’t come in to take their place, then you’ll have downward pressure on home prices, especially in urban areas.”

Great!

I hope you recognize this story is fear mongering nonsense. Illegal immigrants don’t provide much housing demand, and removal of that tiny component of demand will not make any difference in the broader housing market, particularly in California where the state endures a chronic shortage of supply. I wish it would make a difference because perhaps the decreased demand would offset the price pressures created by the lack of supply resulting from nimbys killing projects all over California.