The Mortgage Monsters Meet The Immigration Invasion. They Like Each Other.


George W. Bush

boasted
in his radio address last weekend
about how his Administration is boosting

homeownership
among what he called

“minorities.”
He even concluded with a

heart-warming
account of his meeting with an
Hispanic single
mom
,”
who gratefully told him the
fact that she and her “girls” could afford a
home, with the help of a federal homeownership program,
was “a miracle.”

It`s not a miracle, of course. It`s just a

massive subsidy
from the American taxpayer—through
Government-Sponsored Entities (GSEs in Washington
jargon) whose

possible instability
, as a matter of fact, is
attracting
increasing

concern

in financial circles. And it`s a subsidy that, to a
remarkably unreported degree, goes to immigrants.

The
government-sponsored entities are the Federal National
Mortgage Association (Fannie
Mae
) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
(Freddie
Mac
). Together with another GSE, the Federal Home
Loan Banks (FHLBs), they directly or indirectly stand
behind $4 trillion in mortgages—three-quarters of the
single-family mortgages in the U.S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan recently
acknowledged Wall Street`s concern about Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac. He admitted that these institutions,
operating under an "opaque and circuitous GSE
paradigm,"
are expanding because of an "implicit
subsidy"
at a "pace beyond that consistent with
systematic safety.”
As Greenspan reminded his
audience


"A market system relies
on the vigilance of lenders and investors in market
transactions to assure themselves of their
counterparties` strength. However, many counterparties
in GSE transactions, when assessing their risk, clearly
rely instead on the GSE`s perceived special relationship
to the government."

Investors, said Greenspan, assume that in the


"event of a

crisis
involving Fannie and Freddie, policymakers
would have little alternative than to have the taxpayers
explicitly stand behind the GSE debt."

This implicit socialization of risk leads to investors`
taking on more risk than is healthy.

As
so often happens in cases like these, Greenspan said
frankly, "a substantial portion of GSE`s implicit
subsidy accrues to GSE shareholders in the form of
increased dividends and stock market value." [
MSNBC


Greenspan: Mortgage giants must tighten debt
, Feb
24, 2004
]

He
cited a study by a Federal Reserve economist, Wayne
Passmore, that showing the subsidy may account for
"more than half of the stock market capitalization of
these institutions.”
[The
GSE Implicit Subsidy and Value of Government Ambiguity
]

In
other words, federal policy has created a massive
financial distortion—and an interest group, Fannie and
Freddie`s shareholders and employees, are in favor of that
distortion continuing.

What Peter Brimelow has
called the Mortgage Monsters have become financial
Frankensteins.

And
the Mortgage Monsters are allying with another interest
group: the immigrant lobby. Immigration is one of the
main engines of growth for the giant mortgage lending
institutions. And few companies have more openly tied
their fortunes to immigration than Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac.

In
fact, Fannie hawks its shares by promising potential
investors that there will be

"30 million more Americans by 2010…."
Fannie
bubbles over with enthusiastic cheerleading for
immigration, noting "[M]inorities will grow
evermore important to housing markets over the next 10
years, accounting for an estimated two-thirds of net new
households."
Since three-quarters of the U.S.
population is white, but nine-tenths of current immigration
and virtually all population growth minority, Fannie is
clearly enthusing about administering a subsidy from

Americans to immigrants
.

Fannie Mae is a major corporate supporter of mass
immigration. It has
sponsored

conferences
 for non-governmental organizations
[NGOs] and lawyers

dedicated to increasing
immigration and increasing hand-outs for immigrants.

According to its
reports, the

Fannie Mae Foundation
works with "community-based

immigrant and refugee organizations
to directly
reach the immigrant community."
[Reaching
the Immigrant Market

[PDF]]

In
other words, the government-sponsored entity (GSE) works
with government dependent NGOs to …well, sell more
product—subsidized by the taxpayer.

Mortgage Monster "production goals," federal law
such as

The Community Reinvestment Act
and other government
regulations, mandate lending to "traditionally
underserved markets.”
A newly-arrived immigrant,
perhaps here

illegally
, does not come to mind as the first
example of "traditionally underserved" and in need of
remedial lending. But here it is from the same Fannie
Mae Foundation Report:


"financial institutions
required under the Community Reinvestment Act to provide
services to underserved communities perform well in
regulatory evaluations when they can show that they are
serving the immigrant populations in their communities.
For these reasons, CEOs and other senior financial
institution officers see immigrants as a highly
desirable customer base well worth cultivating."

Fannie also drools over “public and private
partnerships [which] enable the layering of public
subsidies with private financing to make homeownership
more affordable to people with very low incomes.”
[
P
32, Reaching the Immigrant Market]

For
example, the

Little Haiti Housing Association
in Miami
is a “Community-Based Organization” [CBO] that
manages


several layers

of public subsidy for new
arrivals.

One
financing package for the newly-arrived home buyers
includes:


"A large soft second mortgage with minimal repayment
requirements funded by a Miami-Dade County surtax
program or the federal government (HUD`s HOME and
Community Development Block Grant programs or other
federal programs)" and "a modest-sized, soft third
mortgage funded by a grant from the Federal Home Loan
Bank`s Affordable Housing Program."



(
p.
26, Reaching the Immigrant Market, Fannie Mae Foundation
).


And
that is only the beginning: "considerably more
attention needs to be paid to retaining homeowners"

and "home-improvement lending" according to
another Fannie report.

[
Making
New Mortgage Markets:



PDF, Fannie
Mae Foundation
]

But
this report concedes "The tremendous effort and
subsidy that is necessary to make new markets work is
hard to sustain, especially for long periods and at high
volumes."


(p 10,
Making New Mortgage Markets
)


So
fixated on immigrant customers are the Mortgage Monsters
that, when counting income and assessing
credit-worthiness of a borrower, "primary income may
be supplemented by income from family members who are

on disability
or work off the books."
Also,
"certain nonpermanent immigrants,"
even borrowers
presenting more than one social security number, are
eligible for home mortgages according to the Fannie
report. "Many times the borrower would have more than
one

social security number
"
gushes a Fannie-backed
banker in a Fannie Mae Foundation report.

(Reaching
the Immigrant Market,

p 56)


From Fannie`s perspective, an immigrant borrower
collecting disability under one social security number
and an old-age SSI check under a second social security
number while working

"off the books"
is a better credit risk and
shows more promise than the

poor American sucker
who is content merely to work
for his daily bread.

Similarly, Fannie Mae believes bankers must learn to
look differently at job history. Multiple changes in
employment, quitting one employer to "go home, then
come back and sign on with another employer,"
or the
"annual customary 3-month

return to Mexico
at Christmas time"
do not
constitute a credit risk [p 54] according to Fannie Mae
Foundation reports.

And
of course these peccadilloes may well not be a credit
risk to Fannie`s stockholders—as much as it is to the

U.S. taxpayer.

It`s not just Mortgage Monster employees and
stockholders who benefit from this racket. So do a whole
range of private business interests.

Thus the work force of North Arkansas Poultry, a

Tyson Food
subcontractor, is

95% immigrant.
Between 1990 and 1993 the plant was
experiencing an employee turnover rate that hovered
around 200% i.e. the average worker only stayed for 6
months.

But
the Tyson subcontractor knew where to go for help!

With the Fannie-backed

First National Bank and Trust of Rogers
it developed
a program to facilitate home ownership among its work
force. This program

reportedly brought the turnover rate down to 15 to 20%,

boosting profits for the chicken processor…at taxpayer
expense.

Fannie reports are filled with

happy stories
of government-dependent CBOs or
organizations such as

La Raza
and

Chicanos Por La Causa
partnering with Fannnie Mae,
private lenders and factory chicken processors to make
money for the private sector participants and keep the

ethnic lobbies
employed.

Thus the welfare state and private capital are melding
in ways that only the national socialists could have
imagined. Immigration is a key ingredient in the rise of
this new

statist regime
—characterized by institutions like
the clay-footed giants Fannie and Freddie.

We`ve known for some time that current mass immigration
is

politically unstable
. Now it turns out that it`s

financially unstable
as well.





Thomas
Allen (
email
him) is a recovering refugee worker