Did Arizona just help California’s Housing Market? – My colleague Dowell Myers points out that for the housing market in the US to remain healthy, we must “cultivate new immigrant residents.” Arizona’s new law, which would require immigrants (legal or otherwise) to “carry papers” creates what I would consider to be an atmosphere of hostility to immigrants–all immigrants. I am also awaiting the spectacle of a police officer demanding the “papers” of a native-born Latino.
In any event, people have a propensity to go where they feel welcome, and avoid places where they are not. Hostility to immigrants in general and Latinos in particular seems to be a political loser in California, so Arizona’s policies may lead to higher demand for houses in California.