One of the things that struck about the news this week was the sharp contrast between spin and reality. The spin on the failure of the immigration reform bill to pass the Senate was that Donald Trump’s call for Republicans to reject the bill and was purely politically driven. Was that the reality?
My understanding of the bill was that it allowed 2 million migrants into the United States, a combination of “asylum seekers” (5,000/day X 365 days), “gotaways”, and unaccompanied minors before requiring the president to take any action. The counter-spin is that it “normalized” the status quo.
Lost in the spin and counter-spin was whether it was the right policy or not. I do not think it is the right policy and I will give just one, simple example of why it is not.
Here’s the history of what are called “housing units” (homes plus apartments) in Chicago over the last 20 years:
or, said another way, the number of housing units in the City of Chicago has remained unchanged over the period of the last 20 years. The number of migrants entering the country has been 1-2% of U. S. population per year for the last several years. To house those people the number of units would need to increase at that rate. They are not.
That doesn’t even include the reality that the trend has been to reduce the number of what are blithely referred to as “affordable housing” with much more expensive housing units. To accommodate the present rate of migration we would need to reverse that trend and build millions of unit affordable to the people who are moving here. That would cost billions, possibly trillions.
Consequently, accepting the number of migrants we have been is unrealistic.