Black Mayors Pass Resolution to Protect Access to Subsidized Housing for Undocumented Immigrants and Citizen Children

AAMA opposes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s plan to evict low-income immigrant families from subsidized housing.

(WASHINGTON, DC) — Today, the African American Mayors Association opposed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed changes to Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980, which would effectively prohibit undocumented immigrants with children born in the United States from residing in subsidized housing.

“HUD’s latest proposal would put over 50,000 children living in subsidized housing at risk of homelessness,” said AAMA President, Mayor Hardie Davis, of Augusta, Georgia. “Many of these children are U.S. citizens and live with undocumented loved ones who will become targets for arrest and deportation if removed from government-assisted housing. Unduly separating and punishing these families goes against every principle we stand for as a nation created for and by immigrants.”

The resolution rejects HUD’s proposed rule to use the Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements system to screen all residents under the age of 62 and evict any household members that are undocumented after 18 months. HUD currently estimates there are 25,000 families of mixed-immigration status receiving housing assistance. HUD officials claim this new rule would decrease public housing waiting lists but they have offered no proof that this is true.

As President Trump continues to zero out funding for public housing in his budget, AAMA urges HUD and Congress to continue to fight the Trump Administration’s attempts to dismantle the public safety net which supports millions of families in need.

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