Monday, February 19, 2024

How NIMBYs are helping to turn the public against immigrants

Eric Levitz on Vox writes about how tighter housing supplies due to immigration might contribute to anti-immigrant sentiment.  The nub of his interesting analysis:

"[T]here is one area where many Democrats are making the politics of immigration more toxic without any help from Trump’s GOP: By suppressing housing construction through restrictive zoning laws, deep-blue municipalities are engineering a situation in which immigrants genuinely threaten the economic interests of native-born residents. If liberals want their country to be more welcoming of immigrants, they need to make their cities’ housing stock more accommodating of newcomers."


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