Stay Puft's rebuttal: Problem is housing, not illegals
Pro-illegal commenter Stay Puft replies to Amy as follows (click on the link below):
It sounds like there's a problem in your community with a lack of low income housing and with landlords who are willing to ignore zoning laws. Why are you angry with the tenants? That's the definition of scapegoating. You say you have to fight against "zoning issues." How is deporting immigrants the solution? Or are the landlords illegal immigrants as well?
I'm assuming that those 20 people living in that house are doing some sort of work in the area, yet that is still the best housing they can afford. I'll also give you the benefit of the doubt that those 20 people are in the country illegally (although I doubt you really know that for sure), if they were removed, and all-american citizens were hired to replace them, they would also need to have affordable housing. Again, this seems to be your community's real problem, along with a willingness of landlords to capitalize on the situation.
Also, your claim that illegal immigration drives down wages is interesting. I've heard other people say similar things. Are there any studies supporting this claim? Because the information I've seen shows that there is no negative impact on wages. For example, this (rather lengthy) report by an economist at UC Davis.
Why are you afraid? "Local Youths" doesn't mean illegal aliens.
Why do you think your pet could be in danger? Has Joe been telling you about the animal sacrifices preformed by the Cult of Aztlan?
Amy actually lives this stuff, as her letter clearly indicates, so she may or may not have an interest in continuing the debate over whether she has accurately described the problems she lives with daily.
Therefore, I'll just say: Of course the landlords and lack of housing are a huge part of the problem. But the presence of large numbers of illegal workers around her house are certainly also a very immediate part of the problem. Low-cost housing in this area is a tough nut to crack. The landlords and illegal tenants are the ones with the most direct impact and also the most likely for a normal citizen to be able to do something about.
Regarding whether she should be afraid of the local youths or whether they are illegal or gang members: As a woman she's probably not looking for you or I to validate her concerns, now is she?
See Part four for information on the effect illegal aliens have on wages.
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