Trump's New Plan Boots Thousands Out Of Government Housing But You'll Like This
Trump's administration moves to remove illegal immigrants from public housing. This move will free up space for legal Americans who are struggling to get on their feet. Public housing has long been overburdened and most who apply for it now find there is a massive waiting list,
HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended the proposal this week, telling Fox Business’ Stuart Varney that illegal immigrants are limiting assistance that could go to “legitimate American citizens.”
“We have a long list of people we can only serve right now one in four of the people who are looking for assistance from the government," he said. “So obviously we want to get those people taken care of. And we also want to abide by the laws.”
The Trump administration on Friday moved forward with a proposed rule to make it harder for illegal immigrants to access federally subsidized housing -- the latest crackdown by the administration on immigrants who use public assistance.
The rule, proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and posted in the Federal Register, would require that those seeking public housing would be subject to verification of their immigration status. Only families in which every member is either a citizen or a legal resident would qualify for federally subsidized housing. Currently families where at least one person is either a citizen or green card holder can get federal assistance, even if other family members are not.
The administration says that regulations “presently excuse individuals from submitting documentation if they do not contend to having eligible immigration status. This results in no actual determination of immigration status being made.” The rule would also require current participants who have not previously proven their eligibility to do so at their next evaluation of their need for public assistance.
Even the people in Hollywood have taken a stand, sort of:
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An administration official told the Caller that this is a continuation of the president’s “America First” policies.
“This proposal gets to the whole point Cher was making in her tweet that the President retweeted. We’ve got our own people to house and we need to take care of our citizens,” the official said. “Because of past loopholes in HUD guidance, illegal aliens were able to live in free public housing desperately needed by so many of our own citizens. As illegal aliens attempt to swarm our borders, we’re sending the message that you can’t live off of American welfare on the taxpayers’ dime.”