Ok, let's keep this to a housing bubble context if we can...
My question, living in Arizona, the home of illegal immigration, is:
Will the Mexicans go home when the bubble bursts?
(Note that I'm saying "Mexican" not "Hispanic" because I'm specifically saying illegal immigrants from the country of Mexico)
With 40% of Phoenix jobs tied to housing and homebuilding, with obviously most of the people involved in actually building and remodeling homes Mexican immigrants (most non-English speaking, likely illegal) - when construction dries up, will they go home - Illegal Immigration Problem Solved?
In Arizona, The Arizona Builders Alliance said "64,000 of the state's 160,000 construction workers are Hispanic and estimates that 16,000 are undocumented" - and I'd say that 16,000 number is low by about 100,000 if you add in any job associated with home building and remodeling.
With 11 million to 20 million illegals in the US today, this could be a major issue and societal disruption.
December 27, 2005
Politically incorrect topic of the day - Will the bursting of the housing bubble cause the illegal Mexican immigrants to go home?
Posted by blogger at 12/27/2005