The current political climate is hurting our hot housing market. How? A significant proportion of workers in housing construction – one in four – are without proper documentation, and they are scared stiff. The local home builder’s association has asked lawmakers for new legislation that would welcome foreign-born skilled laborers. Currently, builders can’t find enough American workers and immigrant laborers are afraid of being deported. This problem is causing delays and increasing costs, particularly troubling for first time home buyers trying to find an affordable home in a housing market with historically low inventory levels.