The #Trump administration is pushing a new policy that would prevent undocumented family members of U.S. citizens and documented immigrants from living with them in public housing.
The proposal seeks to evict undocumented family members from public housing, rather than continuing the practice of adjusting their families’ benefits to exclude them, @buzzfeednews reports.
“Thanks to @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, we are putting America’s most vulnerable first. Our nation faces affordable housing challenges and hundreds of thousands of citizens are waiting for many years on waitlists to get housing assistance,” tweeted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, announcing the administration’s proposed rule.
The rule was sent to Congress for a 15-day review period on Wednesday. It will then be available for public comment before it can move further.
This proposed rule is part of the Trump administration’s large-scale effort to crack down on immigration. Back in December, BuzzFeed News reported that HUD has been quietly denying federal housing loans to DACA recipients despite the fact that two weeks ago, Carson testified at a Congressional hearing that he didn’t know why DACA recipients were being turned away for federally-backed mortgages.
Those who work with landlords, housing authorities and tenants say not only does HUD’s new proposal address a problem that doesn’t exist, it also fails to address the “very real” public housing shortage.
“We’re very concerned about this, this is obviously part of the administration’s overall attack on immigrant families,” said Karlo Ng, supervising attorney at the National Housing Law Project. “There’s a lot of concern for families who are currently being assisted. This is going to add to the chaos for families who need crucial assistance.”
At least 25,000 households would be affected by the new rule if it were to go into effect. Majority of these homes are in Texas, California and New York.
Undocumented immigrants already don’t qualify for public housing assistance and current law also directs that all applicants must be U.S. citizens or documented residents and go through an immigration screening process. Families with undocumented members receive partial subsidies that only cover the members of their family who are citizens or documented.
We’ll keep you posted on this proposed measure, Roommates.