The Trump administration is moving—at last—to block access to public housing by thousands of illegal invaders who have been parasiting off the US taxcpayers for years by claiming “public housing assistance.”
According to a report in the Washington Times, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified Congress this week that it would be implementing a “schedule of publication and notice and comment” that will see the illegal invaders kicked out of their taxpayer-funded houses by the middle of this year.
The new plan seeks to scrap Clinton-era regulations that allowed illegal invaders to sign up for public housing assistance without having to disclose their immigration status.
Under the new rules, not only would the leaseholder using public housing have to be an eligible U.S. person, but the government would verify all applicants through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database, a federal system that’s used to weed illegal immigrants out of other welfare programs.
“We’ve got our own people to house and need to take care of our citizens,” an administration official told The Washington Times.
“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.”
In 2017 the HUD inspector general investigated illegal invaders in New York who were using public housing under a special program for people with HIV or AIDS, and found that the government had never clearly stated whether housing was a federal public benefit subject to a 1996 ban for “unauthorized migrants.”
Further complicating matters, Clinton-era rules specifically allowed “mixed” immigration status families to gain housing benefits. As long as one person in the home is an eligible U.S. resident, a family can qualify. The eligible person doesn’t need to be the head of the household, and could even be a minor child.
The government created a system that allows people to apply for housing assistance as “non-contending,” meaning they decline to say whether they were legally in the country. Benefits are supposed to be adjusted on a pro-rated basis to account for those non-contenders.
A similar argument is playing out in a debate over certain tax credits that, while claimed on behalf of citizen children, are paid to illegal immigrant parents.
The administration argues the lengthy backlogs for housing assistance makes the new HUD proposal an obvious change. Only one in four families that would qualify for housing assistance actually get the benefit right now, and most of those waiting for HUD help are likely poor seniors or people living with a disability.
The average waiting time nationally for housing assistance is 26 months. In places like Los Angeles it’s more than four years.