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HUD Rule Targeting Immigrant Families Could Evict 55,000 Children

A Trump administration regulation targeting undocumented immigrants seeks to boot families if even one person is not eligible to receive public housing aid.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson in 2018.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson in 2018.Joshua Roberts/Reuters

On Friday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule in the Federal Register seeking to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving federal housing assistance. The ostensible motivation behind the proposal, which has been pushed by Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller, is to reduce wait times for housing aid around the country. “We are putting America’s most vulnerable first,” Secretary Ben Carson said when news of the proposal surfaced in April.

But the effect of the rule, according to HUD’s own analysis, would be to evict more than 55,000 children, even if many of them are in the country legally..