News broke in April that the Department of Housing and Urban Development planned to crack down on illegal immigrants who’ve gamed the system to take advantage of taxpayer-funded federal housing aid.
That new policy would include the potential eviction of ineligible non-citizens from government-subsidized housing with an eye toward ensuring that American citizens in need of assistance be taken care of first.
(It’s worth noting that most non-citizens, with some exceptions, are already barred by law from receiving federal housing assistance, and illegal aliens are most certainly prohibited from getting this aid.)
The proposal predictably sparked outrage among Democrats and was thus a main topic of contention when HUD Secretary Ben Carson appeared Tuesday for a hearing before the Democrat-led House Financial Services Committee, according to The Hill.
As has become a regular occurrence in recent years, Democrat committee members launched a multitude of vicious, often personal attacks against the Trump administration representative seated before them — questioning his frame of mind, his character and even his morality.
California Democrat Rep. Juan Vargas insinuated that Carson was uncharacteristically pushing a “mean-spirited” policy, while New York Democrat Rep. Nydia Velazquez suggested the policy was “immoral” and “shameful.”
“Do you understand why this sounds like you’re talking from both sides of your mouth?” Velazquez asked. “This budget is shameful. It’s immoral. It fails American citizens just for the sake of scoring political points.”
And Rep. Carolyn Maloney, another New York Democrat, reminded Carson that “the ‘D’ in HUD does not stand for ‘deportation.'”
The always calm and collected Carson weathered the storm of attacks, however, and used logic and reason to push back against the outrageous claims put forward by the Democrats.
“It’s not that we’re cruel, mean-hearted. It’s that we are logical,” Carson said of the proposed policy.
“This is common sense. You take care of your own first.”
Carson proceeded to compare the disputed policy to a passenger jet’s flight crew instructing people on the plane to make sure their own oxygen masks are secure before trying to assist others.
“It’s the same concept,” Carson said. “It seems only logical that tax-paying American citizens should be taken care of first.”
At another point in the hearing, Carson was pressed on the possible evictions of ineligible non-citizens, some of whom may have U.S.-born children who are citizens, from subsidized housing.
But Carson noted there’s an appeals process, as well as deferment of eviction for up to 18 months, which would provide time both for the evictees to find new homes.
Carson further suggested that some evictions of ineligible non-citizens would be needed to make room for the more than four million U.S. citizens currently stuck on a waiting list for federal aid or a subsidized home because of a lack of resources — resources that are being misspent and wasted on ineligible non-citizens.
“If someone can tell me how to follow the law and still take care of their issue, I’ll hear it,” he said.
“Until we’re willing collectively, both Democrats and Republicans, to sit down and solve the problem, we’re going to continue to have these problems pop up.”
Carson and HUD are absolutely right to crack down on illegal aliens and ineligible non-citizens who are taking unauthorized advantage of our nation’s generosity, wails and moans to the contrary from Democrats notwithstanding.
Say what you will about federally subsidized housing — and there are those who oppose the whole idea on principle — but if our nation is going to extend such assistance, it is certainly right and proper to make sure that American citizens in need of help are the ones who receive that aid first.
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