Unthinking Majority wrote:You say that illegal migrants lower prices due to their cheap labour, but reject the notion that them needing housing (rental or otherwise) increases demand and thus price for homes and rents.
Undocumented workers, because they get paid almost nothing, reduce labour costs for construction.
For the same reason, they usually can not afford anything but the worst housing, and because they are undocumented, they often end up living in conditions that are so bad that it is actually illegal.
So, immigrants this poor are simply unable to compete for any housing except that which should not be on the market anyway.
We all know your personal biases come before logic and that you argue based on what you want to be true regardless of whether it is or not. We all know you will never admit that illegal immigration or any immigration could contribute to any social or economic problems whatsoever, so your opinions on the matter can't be taken seriously.
Then it should be easy to show where I am wrong.
Now, as a Canadian, you are probably aware of the entrepreneurial visa that Canada offers; i.e. you can come here if you can start a business. This visa attracts a wealthier class of immigrants. These folks, for example, drive up the cost of housing just like any population growth.
It is not logical to think someone who slipped off a freighter in Miami is going to put a down payment on a house in a rich neighbourhood.
TLDR: Immigrant’s effect on housing prices is directly related to their wealth when they arrive.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in...