Buyers' remorse strikes Prince William County in Virginia, home to the DC area's highest foreclosure rates and a situation that's left not-foreclosed-on homeowners with sinking property values and rising taxes.

The weird thing is that in the midst of these problems, county officials (and I suppose citizens) have decided that it would be smart for their local government to devote more time and resources to hounding illegal immigrants out of the county in a manner that's made it generally unpleasant for Hispanics of all stripes and immigrants both legal and illegal. One might think that under the circumstances you'd want as many residents as possible keeping homes occupied and patronizing local businesses, but there's no accounting for some folks' manias.

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