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Unformatted text preview: was an illegal immigration crackdown. Approximately 30 percent of home builders are immigrants, with the majority probably being illegal immigrants. You take 30 percent of the labor out of any sector and you're going to have serious impact," said Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. He continued to say that if a crackdown took place, the prices of home would face a significant increase and the demand for housing would in turn go down. Another affect of a crackdown, according to the author, would be that many jobs held by immigrants would simply not be done, such as housekeeper, in turn reducing the workforce. To conclude, Chris gives an example of an attempt at an illegal immigration crackdown in 2004. This crackdown caused a shortage of workers in the lettuce industry, which caused a one billion dollar loss for that industry, as several farmers could not afford to replace the immigrants....
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