The Los Angeles Times, in a June 18 article, highlighted the growing number of Latinos in Los Angeles who are homeless and sleeping on the streets or in their cars — and pinned the blame on the high cost of housing. But the paper declined, as so many other media organizations have, to address one of the main causes of the severe shortage of affordable housing in many large American cities: the large influx of immigrants into those cities.
Of the four million residents of the city of Los Angeles, 38 percent are foreign-born. In New York, 37 percent of those living in the city are foreign-born. In Boston, it’s 27 percent; in Chicago, 21 percent. In Miami-Dade County, it’s almost 52 percent. And these are the official U.S. census estimates. No one knows the real numbers, as millions of illegal immigrants likely go uncounted.