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Trump's 'America first' would inflate cost of houses in the US

US homebuilders reliant on Hispanic-dominated labour, imported components

The dearth of framers has got worse under Mr Trump because framing has one of the highest concentrations of immigrant Hispanics in the industry.


LAST year, Jim Brown and other homebuilders around Atlanta could get a good framing crew at a rate of US$3.25 per sq ft. This year, the few framers they can find demand - and get - almost double that.

"They can ask anything," said Mr Brown. "There aren't enough of them...

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