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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.

An agency analysis, reported by The Washington Post, found that approximately 25,000 households, representing about 108,000 people, now live in subsidized housing with at least one person who would be ineligible.

Among those “mixed-status” households, 70 percent are legally eligible for benefits — approximately 76,000 people including 55,000 children. The majority live in California, Texas and New York, the Post reported.

“HUD expects that fear of the family being separated would lead to prompt evacuation by most mixed households,” the agency’s analysis said. “Temporary homelessness could arise for a household, if they are unable to find alternative housing.”

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.”

An administration official told The Daily Caller, which first reported the proposal last month, that “we need to take care of our citizens.”

“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,” the official said.

However, the HUD analysis reportedly found that that the rule could cost up to an additional $227 million a year because mixed-status families would then receive higher subsidies.

The proposal is likely to face fierce opposition from Democrats. On Friday, 13 Democratic members of Congress from New York said in a letter to Carson that it would “needlessly inflict hardship” on families.

“Your approach represents a major shift from current HUD policy and by design makes it more difficult for families to have access to assistance for which they would otherwise be eligible,” the letter says.

It is the latest proposed crackdown by the administration on the use of public assistance by immigrants. Reuters reported last week that the administration is considering making it easier to deport legal permanent residents who have used public benefits.

A draft regulation, which is still subject to change, would reportedly allow for the deportation of some permanent residents who have used certain public benefits within five years of admission into the U.S. Those benefits include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 housing vouchers, certain Medicaid benefits; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).



  1. Rocky

    May 11, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    What took so long? It appears many of our elected officials in BOTH political parties refuse to enforce our immigration laws. Both are fighting Trump every inch of the way on stopping the flood of illegals coming in.
    WHY are we giving illegals aliens anything? They should be deported the minute they step over the border. Our politicians are giving America away piece by piece.

    • Lisa Balla Millar

      May 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

      The guys that died at the Alamo are turning over in their grave knowing that they fought and died for nothing. Now the mexicans and latino are taking over this country and don’t have to put up a fight. Stupid government

  2. Michael

    May 12, 2019 at 12:02 am


  3. AM

    May 12, 2019 at 1:23 am

    FINALLY!!! Drain ALL of the swamp!! Crooked politicians, establishment politicians (which usually are one in the same), illegals already here, ANYBODY abusing govt assistance in ANY way, and just STOP letting people in this country!!! Ship them back, no questions asked, stamped “RETURN TO SENDER”!!! Done!

  4. Rebecca Holstine

    May 12, 2019 at 1:30 am

    I am all for this. I as an American taxpayer and have been for over 55 years, I do not feel like I should pay for illegals to live in public housing. Get this show on the road. Move them out!

  5. mike dar

    May 12, 2019 at 5:26 am

    More than ‘is it illegal’… can the Nation afford it! Simply insane to house millions of the worlds poor because they walked through the Rio Grande river. Utterly nuts.

  6. polly

    May 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Better late than never. Great

  7. Art LaPella

    May 12, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Either we have meaningful immigration laws, or we don’t.

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