Influx of Immigrants Causing Housing Shortage in American Cities

Article author: 
Margaret Menge
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Article date: 
24 June 2017
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Our American Future
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... Of the four million residents of the city of Los Angeles, 38 percent are foreign-born. In New York, 37 percent of those living in the city are foreign-born. In Boston, it’s 27 percent; in Chicago, 21 percent. In Miami-Dade County, it’s almost 52 percent. And these are the official U.S. census estimates. No one knows the real numbers, as millions of illegal immigrants likely go uncounted.

The number of foreign-born people in the United States, according to the U.S. census, has more than doubled just since 1990, and quadrupled since 1970. Most of those immigrants have stayed in the large cities, where the jobs are, and where they have access to services and transportation...
In Atlanta and other cities, the increase in the number of foreign-born residents has been rapid, and recent, rising more than 20 percent between 2000 and 2010.
But middle-class Americans, we're told, can no longer afford to live in the big cities...

But are more buildings really the answer?...

...there's another aspect to the effect of rising immigration on housing costs in big cities: Not only are the poor having their big-city rents subsidized, if not fully covered, by a federal government program, but illegal immigrants are also getting housing help...

As with Medicaid and Food Stamps, the illegal immigrant parents of U.S.-born children can apply for housing assistance, and provide the Social Security numbers of their children...