According to media reports, Joe Biden is importing refugees who are too poor and largely unskilled and are unable to fend for themselves when they come to the United States.
Because of this, refugees cannot afford rent and at least 100 Afghan refugee families are still living in hotels in California, according to Spectrum News 1.
“The problem with housing is that … they need credit,” [aid worker Mahmood] Omid told Spectrum News 1. “They also need someone to have income, to work here and to provide the required document,” he said on May 8.
“In Southern California’s tight rental market, finding permanent, affordable housing for Afghan families is still proving difficult months later,” said an April 13 report by LAist.com, adding:
“Among the families that IILA [International Institute of Los Angeles] received and placed into our community, we have between 75 and 80 families who are still in hotels,” [Lillian] Alba said, adding that most of these families are in L.A. County.
“We’ve had landlords request six months of rent up front, so we’ve had families who were asked to come up with $30,000 dollars so they could move in,” Alba said.
If there are more migrants, “We just will not have the capacity to provide the adequate support that the families will need,” Alba predicted.
The inflow of Afghans, Haitians, Cubans, South Americans, Central Americans, and Africans are putting a huge strain on the housing market, causing shortages in many states.
Low-income migrants generally will share an apartment or a house and this prices out middle-class Americans out of good housing
“Rents continue to rise at the fastest pace in decades, making housing costlier than ever for many Americans,” the Washington Post reported on April 21:
Nationally, rents rose a record 11.3 percent last year, according to real estate research firm CoStar Group. That fast pace of growth remained elevated in the first months of 2022, as many parts of the country continued to notch double-digit jumps in rent prices.
An advocate at the pro-migration Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C., Dennis Shea said, “A supply-demand mismatch is making rents unaffordable.”
According to a 2021 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, “In 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the average renter earns less than the average two-bedroom Housing Wage.” The report didn’t mention the impact that immigration has on the housing market.
The BangorDailyNews.com in Maine reported May 4 on the impact of government-imported refugees on the housing market.
Charles Mugabe, a director with Catholic Charities Maine’s Refugee & Immigration Services program, settled more than 260 refugees since October 2021:
“That was a challenging process to be honest,” Mugabe said. “At the moment, not only Portland, but [apartments in] cities like Westbrook, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn and Augusta have gone extremely high, to the point where it is nearly unaffordable.”
Usually with no sources of income because they just arrived in the U.S., most of those being resettled rely on state or federal housing assistance.
“Afghan evacuees who have resettled in the Washington [D.C.] region after fleeing the Taliban are now struggling to pay their rent and stave off eviction after grappling with unemployment and exhausting the limited government aid they have received,” the Washington Post reported with the headline: “Afghan evacuees … struggle with rent after running out of aid.” on April 25.
The article continued:
In one case, four ex-members of the Afghan military received an eviction warning, saying they had 10 days to come up with $4,592 in back rent for their Prince George’s County apartment that they were told the resettlement agency that placed them there never paid.
In another, a family of seven in Alexandria was informed by their resettlement agency that, starting in May, they were responsible for their $2,700 rent, even though neither parent has been able to find work.