Trump Admin Wants to Eliminate Housing Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants

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A new proposal from the Trump administration could prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving public housing.

The proposal would strengthen existing public housing regulations, which could have an adverse effect on undocumented people seeking supportive housing, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency estimates that there are approximately 32,000 households of undocumented immigrants who are receiving federal housing assistance, The Post noted.

According to a fact sheet from HUD obtained by Politico, the proposed law would screen all public housing residents under age 62 through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, an electronic system operated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify a person’s immigration status. Those who are found to be undocumented could lose housing assistance, but can “obtain temporary deferral of termination of assistance for up to 18 months.”

HUD estimated “there may be millions of qualifying…

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