Local housing officials and landlords are warning that a White House proposal to evict undocumented immigrants from federally subsidized housing would spark an assortment of problems, The New York Times is reporting.
The proposal would prohibit households with at least one unauthorized immigrant from living in federally subsidized housing, according to the Times. The proposal is being pushed by Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser, according to the Times.
But landlords and public housing administrators maintained it would displace some of their most-reliable tenants. They also said it would create additional financial strains on the cash-strapped system, according to the Times.
They estimated as many as 108,000 people receiving benefits would have to be evicted.
“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,” said Sylvia Blanco, of the Housing Authority for Austin, Texas.
And the newspaper said the cost of enforcing the proposed restrictions in a city like Los Angeles, where more than 30% of people living in public housing are mixed immigration families, would be almost $10 million.
But officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development say the proposed restrictions are needed.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said: "We need to make certain our scarce public resources help those who are legally entitled to it.”
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