NY Legislators Oppose Plan to End Housing Aid for Undocumented Immigrants

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Lawmakers in New York are pushing back on a proposed Trump administration policy that would make it more difficult for families with mixed immigration status to live in public housing or receive housing benefits.

In April, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposal that would screen all public housing residents under age 62 through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program to verify their immigration status. The proposed rule could cause mixed-status families to lose their benefits and be forced out of their homes in an effort to crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Undocumented people are technically ineligible for housing benefits and must live with one eligible relative who is a US citizen in order to receive aid. Under the new policy, HUD would conduct immigration checks through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements electronic system operated by DHS, which allows federal and…

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