WASHINGTON– The Trump administration’s proposal to evict illegal immigrants from federally subsidized housing faced a wave of backlash Tuesday as local housing officials and landlords spoke out against the plan.
According to a report published by the New York Times, approximately 108,000 people would be subject to eviction.
“The housing authority would bear the brunt of the expense of having to completely evict and go through the court action of having to evict these families,” Sylvia Blanco, of the Housing Authority for Austin, Texas told the Times.
The Times cited a report which estimated that in cities like Los Angeles, where as many as 30% of people living in public housing are illegal immigrants, the cost to evict them could go as high as $10 million.
Undeterred, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Tuesday that benefits such as public housing should be reserved only for American citizens.
“We need to make certain our scarce public resources help those who are legally entitled to it,” Carson told The Washington Post. “Given the overwhelming demand for our programs, fairness requires that we devote ourselves to legal residents who have been waiting, some for many years, for access to affordable housing.”
Under current federal guidelines, Illegal aliens are not eligible to receive subsidies for federal housing programs, but if someone with a legal status serves as the head of household, those restrictions are waived.