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“Playing Politics” – Immigration, Border Battle, and Manufactured Housing

January 11th, 2019 No comments

 

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What happens with jobs, businesses, stock markets, and the economy clearly have an impact on the nation, of which manufactured housing is a part.

 

For close readers of the Daily Business News evening market report here on MHProNews, there is a notably strong corollary between what the broader markets do, and what occurs with manufactured housing connected equities. While one could debate if that should be so or not, in rears, it is so.

 

Investor relations and quarterly statements by publicly trade firms involved in manufactured housing often cite the jobs market or broader economic conditions as a factor in their firm’s performance.  These are among the reasons for the evolution of our evening market report plus some special reports that are “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing.” © Broader economic, political, and market conditions most certainly impact manufactured, modular and prefab homes. 

ICE raids on factory-builders are just one direct example of how immigration and border policies touch upon the manufactured home industry.

 

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Another is the presence of undocumented, falsely documented, or illegal aliens at manufactured home (MH) sales centers and who are living in thousands of MH communities.

 

Who is Playing Politics?

The answer to this question is simple. Both major parties are playing politics.

Democrats and Republicans alike are hoping to score points for the 2020 election, since campaigns are de facto already underway.  Each side has media allies that are carrying water for them.  

That noted, the better question is what is the correct policy for the border and immigration?   To explore that, we’ll begin with each sides claims. Here are the two videos from the President Trump’s Address to the Nation on the border issue, and the Democratic response. We’ll let the Democratic video go first. This version from the Washington Post had 988,348 views as of 4:53 PM ET on 1.11.2018.  

 

 

Next video is the President Trump’s address from the Oval Office.  This Fox News version of the video has had 507,544 view as of 4:57 PM ET, on 1.11.2019.  The Deadline said that some 41 million Americans watched this under 9 minutes live. That same source said that the total viewers that watched the Democratic response topped that who viewed the president’s address.  

 

 

Those high viewer numbers reflect what a recent AP NORC poll said, that immigration is among the top issues on the minds of Americans of all political stripes.

 

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The poll found that 65 percent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 percent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 percent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago,” said ABC 5.

Roughly two-thirds of those who named immigration as a top priority express little confidence in the government to make progress this year, including a third who say they are “not at all” confident,” per ABC 5 on that AP-NORC poll. “About a third say they are at least moderately confident in the government to make progress on immigration.”

 

Facts, Figures, and Political Posturing

When former President Barack Obama’s new home in metro Washington, D.C. was acquired, the Obamas had a wall built for enhanced security. The White House is behind a fence.  It is common for the rich and famous to fence or wall of their properties as part of the security.

There are videos of former Senator and President Barack Obama supporting border security that included double fencing, roads, and other measures. It is foolish for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, or former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to argue that a border barrier is immoral, racist, or anything else, when they have all supported legislation that included fencing.

There is also no doubt that the candidate Donald J. Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall. The President also said that he would own the shutdown of the federal government. These are indisputable. It is also true that the border barriers won’t stop all drugs or other illegal activities from occurring.

Border agents, years of actual history along fenced parts of the border, and the experiences of other nations all demonstrate that fencing and walls work. Locks on your door won’t keep out everyone that means to do you or your possessions harm. But we don’t remove doors or locks just because they are not 100 percent effective.

Illegal immigration is costly to America’s citizens. It has proven fatal or deadly to thousands harmed by the small percentage of criminals who come into the U.S. via the southern border.

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A Democrat representative said this week that the calls into one of his district’s office for border control was running about 10 to 1 in favor of fencing, barriers, or a wall.

The law of supply and demand tells us that more low cost, low skill labor harms the earning power of other workers.  It is worth noting that both sides claim to want to improve the flow of needed, higher skill workers.

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Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh reported floated a surprising ‘solution’ to the border debate standoff. And it requires no fencing, barriers, or walls. 

The solution, he opined, perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek “…enforce the law.” 

  • Mandatory eVerify. No hiring of any workers that don’t have legal status and the proper documents to go with it.
  • No healthcare, education, housing assistance, or any other benefits for undocumented foreign nationals.

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Style may bother some people, but facts and common sense should rule. 

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The video below from left-of-center CNBC explains that in 3 weeks, the shutdown could cost the nation more than the $5.6 billion that President Trump is asking for in border and related security funding.

 

 

There are good odds that President Trump will declare a state of emergency, and attempt to build the wall that way.

There are equally good odds that it will be challenged in a court by Democrats where they will expect a favorable ruling. Then a new phase of the struggle over the border issue begins in the courts.  

Both sides have played politics, but the rationale for border security, immigration enforcement, and some common sense solution to those illegals who are already here should take place. The rest are details and commentary.  We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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9.11 Memorials, America Then and Now, Look Back at Manufactured Housing

September 11th, 2018 Comments off

 

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It was one of the deadliest days in American history – the Twin Towers destroyed, the Pentagon attacked, Flight 93 brought down, almost 3,000 people killed,” said CBS 2 in New York.

 

Institutions suffered, as well. The FDNY lost 343 members, the NYPD lost 23 cops and PAPD lost 37, including Chris Amaroso, seen in a famous photo helping a woman after the attack.”

He could have easily went to the hospital and got treated. Chris went back into that inferno and tried to save more people,” Paul Nunziato said, at the New York Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.

 

 

Millions of Americans have been born or are coming of age since 9.11.2001.  They’ve only known as adults the wars that post-9.11 American service personnel have been fighting in places across the Middle East.  Trillions of dollars were spent.  Thousands of American lives were lost to their loved ones. Hundreds of thousands of lives of those living in the Middle East tragically ended too.

Looking back, what has been learned?

Immigration and border security are two of the most common-sense issues that about the time  of 9.11 might have united Democrats and Republicans.  But today, Democratic leaders that once called for border security are now saying they oppose it.  Some far-left Democrats running for office in 2018 go so far as to say the want to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and have open borders.

Under President George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the federal debt has exploded to about 3 times what it was before those two took office.

We can’t recapture the lives lost, the blood spilt, the limbs lost, and the trillions of dollars spent.

But we can seek to avoid a tragic repeat of those events.  Iran recently threatened the White House with attacks from within America, from what they claim are “sleeper cells” waiting in the United States.  After 9.11, is that so far-fetched? The Drudge Report this morning had headlines like those shown below, which includes men of military age from Bangladesh crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.

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Border walls and barriers have worked for:

  • Hungary, to stop some 99 percent of the flow of illegal immigrants from the Middle East that poured into Europe.
  • between Saudi Arabia and Yemen,
  • between Israel and their adversaries.
  • Walls work for former President Obama’s residence, or that of Hollywood stars, and other rich and famous people.
  • Why not a wall for our southern border? Especially when third party research proves it would rapidly pay for itself? See that recent report, linked below.

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Manufactured Housing On and Since 9.11.2018

There have been thousands of Americans involved in manufactured housing, or who are residents of manufactured homes, who have suffered personal losses on or since 9.11.

The industry has sunk since 9.11, as the chart below reflects.

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The shipments of manufactured homes were roughly double in 2001 what they are today. That isn’t because of 9.11.2001, but that event certainly had an economic impact on the U.S. 

That isn’t to imply that the terrorist attacks of 9.11 caused the industry to sink.  But what would have happened if those trillions had been spent in the U.S., instead of in foreign lands on battlefields and with spent missiles, bullets or bombs?

The military and first responders are to be respected for doing their duty, that’s not the issue. Rather, it is to avoid the next possible 9.11.  It’s to make Americans as safe and prosperous as possible.

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If a border wall would cost $25 billion, then the data above suggests that building a secure border would rapidly pay for itself. Border crossers say the like going to Laredo, TX – among other areas – because there is no border fencing there.

Americans poured into churches, synagogues, and other places of worship after 9.11, begging God to save them from more terrorism.  Air travel may never be the same after that date, as airport security slowed travel, and at great cost, changed.

No amount of manipulative narratives about poor people crossing the border should deter voters from realizing that putting America First is common sense. The first duty of the U.S. government at all levels is to protect our citizens, not those of other countries.

See related reports, and consider supporting those candidates that put American prosperity, U.S. safety and security first. Elections matter. That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Hot MHVille Issue, Boils Among Most Americans too

September 6th, 2018 Comments off

 

HOTMHVilleIssueBoilsAmongMostAmericansTooUSMexicanBorderDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThere are thousands of undocumented or illegal immigrants living in manufactured home communities, and/or working in various manufactured housing businesses.

 

Articles on illegal immigration published by the Daily Business News – some under the related reports, at the bottom of this post – are thus a magnet for those who believe the issue could help or harm their business interests.

But beyond low-cost labor, sales or renting of homes, and the residency counts in numerous communities of the undocumented, there are dark realities.  Hard – painful, tragic – numbers that need to be considered, especially as the midterms are approaching, now just some two months out.

A Pew poll in June indicated that immigration is the number one issue for voters, surpassing health care.  That Pew report sparked a USA Today column to observe that immigration may not help Democrats in the fall, as that party believes it will.

Why? Because a sizable number of voters feel as President Trump does about the issue.

As a disclosure, this publication is produced by a first-generation son of legal immigrants, and this writer came legally to the U.S.

Often overlooked in the debate over immigration is the wide array of harm caused by illegal immigration, starting with the woes of those who desperately cross the border without permission.

The US Border Patrol reported 294 migrant deaths in the fiscal year 2017 (ending September 30, 2017),” per Wikipedia. The Guardian reported last year that migrant deaths in illegal crossings rose 17 percent, per UN data.

That’s a risk not associated with legal immigration. Neither are the tragic details, spotlighted below.

Chloe Reichel, writing in Journalists Resource, said earlier in 2018, that, “Every year, hundreds of thousands attempt to cross the southwestern border into the United States. These migrants, who largely come from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala, face a journey fraught with violence and danger, especially for women.

Border crossing guides — otherwise known as coyotes — might make their help conditional on sexual favors. Women generally are outnumbered by men and are at risk of assault and rape.”

Citing an abstract of academic research, she quoted which said that, “…This study is the first to provide population-based estimates for the prevalence of traumatic events and its association to clinically significant psychological distress among undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States. This cross-sectional study used respondent-driven sampling to obtain and analyze data from clinical interviews with 248 undocumented Mexican immigrants residing in high-risk neighborhoods near the California-Mexico border. Overall, 82.7 percent of participants reported a history of traumatic events, with 47.0 percent of these meeting the criteria for clinically significant psychological distress.”

While these border-jumpers are often at risk in the homelands they’ve left behind, they’re also in danger of death, rape, and violent assaults at the border.  Precisely because they are crossing illegally, they feel they can’t turn coyotes into law enforcement, because of their immigration status.

Local media in Texas reported the story of an illegal immigrant mother’s experiences in the video shown above.  It’s a powerful reminder that brings-to-life the appalling data that Chloe Reichel’s report provided.

 

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The Department of Homeland Security said last month that they estimate the cost of a U.S. Mexico border wall at $21.6 billion dollars.

But the annual cost to taxpayers from illegal immigration dwarfs that sum every year.  There are also those in the Trump Administration that are quietly saying that if Congress passes the draft agreement that will replace NAFTA, the financial benefits to the U.S. will also more than pay for the border wall, every year.

According to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the annual costs of illegal immigration are summed up in the infographic, shown below.

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A summary of FAIR by Wikipedia is as follows.  It goes without saying that “open border” voices dislike FAIR and their data sets.

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While heartbreaking stories of children separated at the border dominated the news for weeks, arguably far more tragic stories of death, rape, trauma, and injuries are occurring.  That’s not to mention the ongoing harm caused by illegal drugs, other crimes, and the sex trades.

There are certainly news reports about numbers of dead illegals found in overheated trailers in the interior of the U.S., along with stories like the video posted above.

That said, more common are often-reflexively anti-Trump mainstream media narratives that tend to push an open-border position.  The media and politicos who want the status quo are both thereby arguably failing to give an accurate snapshot of what’s occurring due to illegal immigration.

There is an under-told story of how everyone – including those trying to enter the U.S. – are being harmed by costs and harm directly attributable to illegal immigration.

Is that pattern another example of media moguls controlling the narrative?

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As another MHVille tie in to immigration, keep in mind that pro-Democratic backer, Warren Buffett’s son Howard published a book that’s a mix of policies similar and/or contrary to that of the Trump Administration. See that in the related reports, linked further below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Visible Outrage, Passion on Immigration, Manufactured Housing Connections

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Manufactured home visible behind Hispanic near border. The last video posted below is about 45 seconds of gritty, gripping passion on the  issue.

The subject of immigration was in many ways the one that put Donald J. Trump on the path to the Presidency.

 

Immigration is one of the issues that attracted blue collar Democrats to vote in key states, like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

While many in media appear to try to make the president’s views on immigration to be a minority issue, there’s polling that indicates that the president’s view represents a plurality or majority of voters today.

Even after nearly two years of charges of racism against the 45th president, there are indicators his margin of acceptance with minorities is improving.

Daily Business News readers may recall that left-of-center NBC News was among those in media that reported that Hispanics voted for candidate Trump at a higher percentage rate than voted for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, 4 years earlier.

President Donald J. Trump also got more of the black vote than Romney, with exit polls showing candidate Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote, to prior Republican nominee Romney’s 6 percent.

As the economy improves overall, there are indicators that POTUS Trump is polling even better now with minorities than he did in 2016.

 

While CNN’s polling is lower, Rasmussen now has the president at 51 percent favorability. That’s better than President Barack Obama at the same time in his presidency.

 

Against that backdrop, issues related to immigration and the video that follows may cause shock, surprise, or cheers from manufactured home industry readers, depending on your political viewpoint.

 

Immigration and Manufactured Housing

Manufactured housing is in several ways caught up in the immigration issue.

Manufactured homes (MH) are sold, and MH communities rent sites or housing to those who may have a TIN, fake IDs, or utilize other problematic means to obtain housing.

Democratic lawmakers didn’t bite on an offer by the Trump Administration to do a deal for DACA in exchange for funding a border wall.

While formally illegal under federal law, states like California or cities and jurisdictions with “sanctuary” policies blur the lines on the issue.

 

 

Thus, both sides are using the issue in fundraising, and it will be a campaign issue in numerous states.

The issue of immigration as it impacts manufactured housing is widespread.

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Imports, Capital, Manufactured Housing, and U.S. Policies

October 9th, 2017 Comments off

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Many of the raw materials and comments that go into, or under, a manufactured home are also made or sourced in the U.S.

But there are also an array of items that go into building, and moving manufactured homes that are imports.

  • Canadian lumber,
  • Chinese tires,
  • imported oil,

are just a few of the ways that trade policy enters the manufactured housing scene.

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One producer competing with Berkshire Hathaway owned factories on the “entry level” type HUD Code product told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that they import Chinese products “by container loads” regularly.  The statement was made off-the-record.

Foreign and trade policy thus impacts manufactured housing, in very direct ways.

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Sources foreign and domestic tell MHProNews that some entire units – HUD Code, PreFab and modular – are also being brought into the U.S.

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The recently reported I.C.E. raids in manufactured housing industry production centers should make it clear that raw or finished goods are not all that comes into the factory-built housing’s industry mix.

As the Daily Business News reported, capital that has fueled some of the acquisitions, notably in the manufactured home community sector, are also coming in.

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But there are numerous other indications that foreign capital also is involved in U.S. manufactured housing production too.

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The trend of imported labor, raw, and finished goods being used in HUD Code manufactured housing’s production is not new.  It has been taking place for decades. Some argue that it is occurring at an accelerated rate, under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

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So when President Trump upended the Washington D.C. “Establishment” in last November’s presidential election, his trade and other policies weren’t just a hypothetical for manufactured housing.

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President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business.

Or as the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s president and CEO, Mark Weiss put it recently in a column in MHProNews, For Manufactured Housing, The Obama Administration Never Left Town.” ## (News, analysis.)

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Immigration, Debt Ceilings, and Manufactured Housing

August 30th, 2017 Comments off
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During his campaign, and since being elected president, Donald Trump has been promising an American business and American workers first agenda.

Since Trump took office Congress has passed at least 53 bills.

But partisan bickering, including within the GOP, has kept major issues like the border wall, and the repeal and replace of ObamaCare to pass, per CNN.

One of the biggest talking points for President Trump has been the issue of immigration. More specifically, reducing the influx of immigrants who are legally allowed to enter the U.S.

Immigration is a highly controversial subject.  Reportedly thousands of undocumented people are in the U.S. who live in manufactured home communities.  Others in the U.S. illegally are known to buy pre-owned manufactured homes, pay cash, and place them on privately owned land.

But regardless of the age of a manufactured home or its placement, in markets with high numbers of undocumented people, the chance for disruption of that business seems real.

But as the Daily Business News reported – contrary to a popular opinion, it may actually cost more to support immigrants over the course of their lives than it would cost to deport them.  That said, the president has not made final his plans on dreamers and others, beyond rooting out violent illegals and more strictly enforcing the border.

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A piece of proposed legislation introduced by Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) would cut the number of “Green Cards” issued each year almost in half, per The Hill.

The decision of who would get a “Green Card” would be determined with a merit based system, in hopes of ensuring only those who will benefit the U.S. will be allowed in.

This is what President Trump campaigned on. He talked about it throughout the campaign, throughout the transition, and since coming into office,” said Miller, who was formerly a staffer for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who is now attorney general.

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We’re trying to now get coordinated and start moving out to develop Republican and Democratic support,” Perdue said. “I just think that we’ve got an opportunity to get some bipartisan support.”

While the bill does have support it will need more in order to pass due to the need for a super-majority vote in the Senate (60 percent). This means the vote will need to include at least 8 Democrats, even if all the Republicans are in favor of the bill.

You know what? They are in charge. They have a majority in the House and in the Senate and the White House and so they have to make the decisions governing,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat. “We’ll work with them but they’re gonna have to step up.”

Related: Kid Rock might be running against Senator Stabenow for the Senate seat in 2018.

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Immigration is not the only issue that Congress has been taking their time on. Even once the House finally passed a healthcare bill the Senate stalled it and ultimately killed the bill for the time being at least.

With a lack of advancement on issues such as tax reform, healthcare and immigration, some small business owners are starting to worry, according to the National Federation of Small Businesses.

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Many of those small business owners are manufactured or factory built housing professionals – all of whom will benefit from reform of healthcare, taxes and immigration.

Raising the Debt Ceiling to Avoid Government Shutdown

Some are starting to wonder if a bill to raise the debt ceiling is going to be passed by the September 30 deadline.

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You should never have a time that we deal with the debt ceiling that we’re not dealing with the reason that we have debt ceilings,” Senator James Lankford (R-OK) said, per Politico. “And that’s the debt and deficit. So they should always be combined in some way.”

If there’s ever a good example of kicking the can down the road, it is continually raising the debt ceiling and not dealing with the cause of the debt,” said Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT.). “So it concerns me greatly that it’ll just be another punt if we don’t do anything, at least some structural reform.”

If the debt ceiling isn’t raised by September 30, then the nation will face a federal government shutdown.

There is a strong chance that there will be a continuing resolution (CR). Given Hurricane Harvey, a shutdown now appears less likely. So a CR would give Congress more time to pass a budget bill and either approve the debt ceiling raise or figure something else out.

I think we’re in for a long fall,” White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short said at an Americans for Prosperity event. ## (News.)

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Trump Effect: Immigration, the Border Wall, and a $14 Billion Fix?

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As the Daily Business News covered recently, President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a whirlwind of movement, including doubling down on his promises for immigration and building the border wall.

At the heart of the conversation about building the wall is the cost, estimated to be $28 billion. While that price has raised blood pressure for some in Washington, Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes he has a solution.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Texas Republican wants the billions of dollars confiscated from an infamous Mexican drug lord to finance the construction of the border wall.

Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Cruz, who unveiled the El Chapo Act yesterday, named after the drug kingpin who was extradited to the United States in January.

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The proposed bill would provide the $14 billion dollars that is subject to confiscation from El Chapo, in addition to money taken from drug kingpins arrested in future cases.

Having the money seized from Mexican drug cartels would mean that the bad Mexicans would end up paying for the wall, and the bad Mexicans have been terrorizing the good Mexicans with crime and kidnappings and murders within Mexico itself,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. (R-Wis.)

Saying that we’re going to have the Mexican drug cartels end up paying for the wall, that may very well be something that is powerful enough to get the institutional inertia in the Senate overcome.”

 

Ranchers See Results

Arizona ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis say that since President Trump has taken office, they’ve seen results.

Appearing on Fox & Friends yesterday, Ladd said border crossings by illegal aliens have decreased 90% to 95% since Donald Trump took office, and also shared that he estimates that 500,000 illegals have crossed his property over the last 30 years.

All the communities that I know about, all the cities along the border, already have high fences,” said Davis.

Where the wall is necessary is in a lot of the outlying areas that still only have a four-wire barbed-wire fence between Mexico and us.”

The Washington Post has also reported that arrests of illegal immigrants jumped 32.6 percent from January 20th through mid-March from the same period one year ago.

 

MH Housing Moves Front and Center to Solve Problems

In addition to solving the challenge of illegal immigration, President Trump is also working to solve the challenges of job creation and affordable housing.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach covered this recently in his Inside the MH Road Show video interview with MHARR adviser and former association leader Danny Ghorbani, and current MHARR President and CEO M. Mark Weiss, JD, below.

Well, let me put it to you this way, if this industry was to create a person to put in the White House for betterment of our industry and consumer, they could not have come up with a better person than President Trump,” said Ghorbani.

If this industry, by the time he’s done 4 years, or hopefully 8 years, if this industry does not advance the way it should, the way it must in Washington, I hate to say this, the industry has dropped the ball.”

Manufactured housing is the private sector solution to affordable housing, without costing government subsidies. And we can supply that need,” said Weiss.

We just need to be unshackled from excessive regulations, in order to pursue our full potential.”

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Zillow’s Predictions for U.S. Housing Market Under Donald Trump

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With the election of Donald Trump, many are trying to predict what’s to come for the U.S. economy in 2017 and beyond.

Zillow recently shared its predictions for the U.S. housing market in 2017, including:

  • which demographic segment will have more homeowners,
  • that buyers may have to spend more as builder attempt to cover costs,
  • and how much home values may grow in 2017.

For those considering new construction in 2017, it’s worth considering the added cost that may come amidst ongoing construction labor shortages that could get worse if President-elect Trump follows through on his hardline stances on immigration and immigrant labor,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist.

The firm thinks that the president-elect’s stated plan to deport criminal illegal aliens will hurt conventional construction labor shortages.

Zillow predicts more millennial buyers. There are 80 million millennials in the U.S., so millennials will drive up the homeownership rate. The online real estate tracking and data firm also believes that rental rate increases will slow in 2017.

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Based on Zillow’s survey of over 100 economic and housing experts, the company thinks home U.S. values will grow 3.6 percent in 2017. National home values have risen 4.8 percent so far in 2016.

For a related story on the NAHB view and how manufactured housing pros can respond to the construction labor shortage, click here. ##

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Trump Gaining Steam, Cruz, Rubio appealing to MHPros

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As the 2016 primary season heats up, The New York Times reports that Trump is no longer a laughing matter among Democrats. Trumps positions on immigration, and his recent talk of banning Muslims from coming to America in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack last week has the political class rebelling, but his poll numbers are continuing to rise so far.

Writing in washingtonexaminer, Byron York says while the media rages over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s declarations, his supporters in Iowa say his draw is so strong he is bringing newcomers into the caucus process. If true, combine these with current Trump supporters and he could win in Feb.

Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is picking up support in Iowa, having received endorsements from evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats as well as Iowa U. S. Rep. Steve King. One recent poll showed Cruz in the lead, while a different one had Trump ahead. Trump supporters say the polls do not show the true strength of his draw.

Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is not hurting him here in the Midwest. York says, “The idea that caused the punditocracy’s heads to explode doesn’t appear to be having the same effect among Iowa Republicans.

Mr. York was a featured speaker at a Manufactured Housing Institute event.

Patrick Buchanan writes on wnd that while Donald Trump was being called a fascist demagogue, compared to Hitler and Mussolini for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration, in 1924 the Congress restricted immigration, especially from Asia, and from southern and central Europe. This resulted in a 40 year moratorium on most immigration into the U. S.

President Coolidge and congressional leaders wanted the U. S. to maintain religious and ethnic ties to Europe, not Africa or Asia, the “law of the land” under FDR, Truman and JFK.

He says, “The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U. S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.” ##

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Pent-up Demand Will Drive Housing Market

January 2nd, 2012 Comments off

According to the Harvard University Joint Center on Housing Studies, in the first half of the decade 1.3 new households formed each year, but that fell to less than one million a year since 2005. Part of that is declining immigration, but 20-30 year-olds who have been reluctant to form their own households make up a larger portion. The Huffington Post reports the study says pent-up demand will ultimately see an increase of 12.5 to 14.8 million household growth in the coming decade. Most analysts agree that the housing market and the job market are linked, and now that employment is increasing, it is anticipated the housing market will begin to follow. Tom Lawler, an independent consultant who spent 22 years with Fannie Mae, tells MHProNews.com the big unknown is the “shadow inventory”, houses where the owner is seriously delinquent and that may come on the market as current inventory clears up. “In a normal world, which we haven’t been in for so long, those loans would have been dealt with one way or another,” Lawler said. “But in our abnormal world, it’s all unknown.”

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