LA's MegaMansions and Immigration
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Jessica Garrison writes in the LA times:
Unaffected by the economic woes besetting the masses, the super-rich are going on creating palace-like complexes. One builder says he knows of 20 houses of at least 20,000 square feet in the works.
What percentage of construction workers in Southern California are illegal immigrants? Recent Legal immigrants or beneficiaries of amnesties? Would such mansion be being built if we never had the immigration expansion of the 60's? What might be being built instead?

These are questions that just aren't being asked anywhere except a few places like

Sadly, in recent years virtually all construction has been focused on the needs of the wealthy. We've actually see shanty towns emerging in Southern California.  I would suggest that the children of to former middle class growing up in such conditions may not be terribly favorably disposed towards the spoiled uber-rich who ultimately depend on mercenaries to defend themselves.

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