Trump and Cher Agree: Housing Aid is for Legal Residents



Absurd as it sounds, some 32,000 illegal alien households receive federal housing assistance, with many thousands more on waiting lists. The Trump administration proposes to stop the madness.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to scrap Clinton-era regulations that allow illegal aliens to get assistance without so much as having to disclose their immigration status. Additionally, Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act allows illegal aliens to reside in public housing if they are living with relatives who are eligible.

Under HUD’s yet-to-be-published rules, not only must leaseholders using public housing be legal residents, but the government would vet all applicants for assistance through the government’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to weed out illegal aliens. HUD says it intends to prohibit any illegal alien from residing in subsidized housing, even if they are not direct recipients.

Naturally, former HUD secretary and Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro blasted the very idea of withholding a government benefit from illegally present individuals.

“Once again, the Trump administration is using the immigrant community as a punching bag. The bottom line is that our government is terrorizing families — first with ICE raids, now with evictions,” the ex-San Antonio mayor fumed.

Limping along in the early polls, the open-borders Castro is hyperventilating here.

If — after congressional review and a 60-day public comment period — the new rule takes effect, illegal aliens in public housingwould be given up to 18 months to relocate.  Neither HUD nor the Department of Homeland Security has said a word about deportations.

A National Housing Law Project attorney downplayed the proposal’s impact. Karlo Ng pointed out that 32,000 illegal-alien households are a veritable drop in the bucket when “millions of families are either on the [HUD] waitlist or would like to be on the waitlist.”

Ng didn’t offer what a more impactful number of illegal beneficiaries might look like, yet her bucket comparison resonated with even a full-fledged lefty like Cher.

“I understand helping struggling immigrants, but my city (Los Angeles) isn’t taking care of its own,” tweeted the singer-actress, asserting that 50,000 U.S. citizens are living on LA’s streets.

Outside of detention, whether one or one million illegal aliens receive housing benefits at taxpayer expense while homeless Americans sleep on the streets, it’s too many and too much to bear.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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    I would be interested in knowing how this would affect the documented family members of the undocumented people. I wonder if this would continue to marginalize minorities.

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    Please stop referring to them as “Illegal immigrants” and use the proper term—“Criminals” There is a very clear difference between people who come here legally and ones who break the law to get here. So lets stop using terms that can in any way be twisted.

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    Habitat for Humanity

    Was supported by my church and I wouldn’t donate a dime to it….they were giving the home to foreign immigrants from Ethiopia. 15% of America’s legal citizen homelessness are veterans BTW.

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    Once again something that is only common sense is enough to inflame the left. We have laws or we don’t. They cannot be optional. That’s why the promise of ” a path to citizenship ” for illegals should not even be considered. You don’t reward bad behavior and then expect others won’t do the same thing and wait for the next “comprehensive reform” which is nothing but amnesty. Like 1986 we would get the amnesty and none of the promised enforcement.

    Joe Biden jumping into the 2020 race with a repeat of the lie that Trump praised neo-Nazis at Charlottesville as “fine people”. Completely wrong and another myth continually repeated by the media. He said there were “fine people” on both sides of the issue of whether Confederate statues should be taken down. He specifically, at the time, said that neo-Nazis and white supremacists were not included in that and condemned their views and actions. If any party supports bigots it’s the Democrats and their connections with Louis Farrakhan who called Hitler a great man.

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    Absurd as it sounds, some 32,000 illegal alien households receive federal housing assistance, with many thousands more on waiting lists. The Trump administration proposes to stop the madness.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to scrap Clinton-era regulations that allow illegal aliens to get assistance without so much as having to disclose their immigration status. Additionally, Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act allows illegal aliens to reside in public housing if they are living with relatives who are eligible.