Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson came under attack by Democrats on Tuesday. This came as he was questioned during a Capitol Hill hearing regarding a rule change, he proposed that would no longer provide illegal immigrants government funded housing assistance, removing any active residents from public housing.
One of his biggest critics was Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney who apparently thinks that illegal immigrants who have snuck into the country and broken the law, deserve the same assistance that tax paying Americans do. Maloney claims to believe that Carson’s plan “would bring nothing but despair to thousands of American families.”
“Quite frankly, I find it despicable,” Maloney said of the plan, which would eliminate government aid for families with members who are in the U.S. illegally, even if other family members, such as children, are citizens or legal residents. A HUD study found roughly 25,000 households are in this situation, including approximately 55,000 children with legal status.
“Your plan to create vacancies by making 55,000 American children homeless is among the most damaging proposals I have ever seen,” Maloney said during the House Financial Services Committee hearing. “Where will they live?” she asked, wondering if Carson would have them stay in cages on the border – wouldn’t be a Democrat if they didn’t quote the same rhetoric every chance they get.
Carson quickly addressed Maloney’s ‘concern’. He offered a strong defense of his proposal by simply explaining it to her.
“If you read the rule carefully,” he said, “you will see that it provides a six-month deferral on request, if they have not found another place to live.” Carson said that deferral can then be renewed twice, “for a total of 18 months, which is plenty of time for Congress to engage in comprehensive immigration reform so that this becomes a moot point.” Carson’s witty comments put the pressure on Congress to tackle the issue of immigration reform.
Committee Chairwoman and Democrat puppet Maxine Waters, D-Calif., also commented on the proposal during her opening statement, calling it “cruel,” and “inconsistent with HUD’s mission.” Carson’s proposal points out the fact that existing law already prohibits illegals from taking advantage of government housing assistance. It also affords Carson the ability to strip assistance form anyone receiving it improperly.
A system that is clearly very unfair and rewards those who have broken the law, The current system lets families of mixed immigration status receive a prorated amount of assistance for those who are citizens or legal residents. Carson said that while these families receive assistance, there are other families — where every member is in the country legally — who have to spend years on a wait list to get help. A system that is clearly very unfair and rewards those who have broken the law. Carson noted that this includes “hundreds of thousands of children,” not to mention disabled people and the elderly.
“If in fact you want to explain to the American citizens who have been on the wait list for several years in your district in New York why we should continue to support families who are not here legally, I would be happy to join you in helping explain that to them,” Carson told Maloney.
According to the HUD analysis, the majority of the families who the new proposal would affect, reside in New York, California and Texas. The proposed rule change, which was published on the Federal Register on May 10 and is now open to public comment, would require verification of immigration status for anyone under the age of 62.
Carson’s proposal would help hundreds of thousands of families have access to affordable housing. Still, the agenda-less Democrats continue their strategy of attempting to undermine or block any progress made by the Republicans.