Is Deporting Immigrants, Including Dreamers, Bad for the Economy?

Elliot EisenbergEvery January, economist Elliot Eisenberg comes to Denver from Washington, D.C. to update Realtors and lenders about the economy and the real estate market. I attended two of his presentations in January and was struck by his remarks about the recent tax reform legislation, which he called “a mistake.”

Reducing taxes when the economy is this healthy makes no sense, he said. Yes, it will have a positive effect on some business, but for only 12 to 18 months, and no more.

Part of what makes our economy healthy is our low unemployment rate, which can’t go much lower. In short, Eisenberg says we need more workers. In light of that statement, I asked him about the possible deportation of DACA children (many of whom are now working adults) and non-DACA illegal immigrants who are also working and paying taxes. He responded absolutelywhen asked if he believes that deporting these workers would only make matters worse for our economy.

I’m reminded of something former President George W. Bush said after Hurricane Harvey: “Good luck rebuilding Houston without immigrants!”

 

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at www.JimSmithColumns.com. We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is solar powered and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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