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Trump Administration Proposes New Policy That Could Leave 55,000 Children Homeless

The Trump administration has announced another assault on families. First, it was family separation: throwing children of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in cages after tearing them from their families.

Now, the administration is trying to use the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to tear children from their homes and leave more than 100,000 people scrambling to find new homes.

HUD is trying to change the rules to discriminate against mixed-status families.

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It really is that simple. They are trying to prohibit anyone who is undocumented from even living with family members.

The rule change would block tenants from receiving federal housing subsidies unless every member of a household has “eligible immigration status.”

Such a change could impact some 108,000 tenants in 25,000 of these “mixed households” across the country, according to HUD’s own analysis. Seventy-two per cent of those families are concentrated in three states—California, Texas, and New York.

Forcing families to split up or move.

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Seriously, what does the Trump administration have against families? The people who will be forced to move are low income and unlikely to afford other housing options, leaving many families to face the very real possibility of homelessness.

Many are seeing right through the administration’s plan as nothing more than another attack on children.

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I mean…how else can you describe this move?

As their families are evicted, 55,000 children nationwide could be displaced from public housing under the new rule. Why change the rules of a program and risk leaving more than 100,000 people homeless unless you are trying to be cruel?

Others are recognizing a pattern.

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First, Trump directed his own government to rip children from the arms of their families and throw them in cages. Now this? What’s next? We shudder to think.

FACT: The government already prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving subsidized housing!

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This new rule simply prevents undocumented immigrants (including children) from living with their own family members who are citizens or documented immigrants.

With this latest attack on families, #KeepFamiliesTogether is trending all over again on Twitter.

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And people all over Twitter are wondering WTF is going on. How is this possible?

Even the Mayor of Los Angeles added his voice, promising to fight this inhumane policy.

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As a proud city of immigrants, LA would stand to suffer greatly under this proposed rule change.

Many are leading the charge to impeach Trump and hopefully put an end to these discriminatory policies that hurt families.

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The argument to impeach is getting stronger and stronger. Especially with this cruel policy that reverses decades of precedent under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

And it’s been reported by the Washington Post, that for months, Stephen Miller, a key architect in many of Trump’s most racist policies, has pushed for regulations that would make life miserable for legal immigrants who rely on public benefits.

Aside from Stephen Miller, the regulation is being proposed by Ben Carson, who is the secretary at HUD.

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Shame on you, Ben Carson!

Many are pointing out the disgusting hypocrisy of Ben Carson leading this charge.

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As a Black man, Carson would of most likely faced a lot of problems trying to even rent an apartment from Donald Trump back in the day. Now he’s the face of a campaign to remove tens of thousands of children from their own homes.

READ: Meet 8-Year-Old Latina Immigration Activist Sophie Cruz Who Is Changing The Conversation On Immigrant Rights

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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Honduran Woman Gave Birth On Bridge Between U.S. And Mexico Border But What Will Happen To Them Next?

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Honduran Woman Gave Birth On Bridge Between U.S. And Mexico Border But What Will Happen To Them Next?

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As the number of parents and children crossing the border continues to increase, driven by violence and poverty in Central America, many are growing desperate while being forced to wait in migrant camps in Mexico. While crossings have not reached the levels seen in previous years, facilities that hold migrants are approaching capacity, which has been reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is forcing many to check the status of their claims by crossing into the U.S. to speak to border agents. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more women are being forced to give birth in less than ideal situations – putting at risk both the lives of the mother and child.

A migrant woman gave birth on a bridge between U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Mexican border authorities, a Honduran woman gave birth on the Mexican side of the border bridge between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. The woman was apparently trying to reach the U.S. side, but felt unsteady when she got there and was helped by pedestrians on the Mexican side waiting to cross.

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said the birth occurred Saturday afternoon on the Ignacio Zaragoza border bridge, also known as “Los Tomates.” It said authorities received an alert from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials regarding “a woman trying to enter the country improperly.”

It said the woman was taken to a hospital in Matamoros, where she was given free care. Her child will have the right to Mexican citizenship.

Hernández is hardly the first woman to give birth while hoping to cross into the U.S.

Just last month, a woman gave birth along the U.S. side of the Rio Grande. She had just crossed the river and her smugglers were yelling at her to keep moving as U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived. But she couldn’t continue, fell to the ground, and began to give birth.

The mother and her her daughter are safe and in good health. “They treated me well, thank God,” said the woman, who didn’t want her name used because she fears retribution if she’s forced to leave the country, in an interview with ABC News.

“There’s so many women in great danger,” Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, told ABC News. “They must really think before they do what they do and risk the life of their unborn child.”

Like so many other women, Hernández was waiting in Mexico under Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

Hernández was reportedly among about 800 migrants sheltering in an improvised riverside camp while awaiting U.S. hearings on their claims for asylum or visas. Other migrants are waiting in Matamoros, but have rented rooms.

Thousands of other migrants are waiting in other Mexican border cities for a chance to enter the U.S. — some for years. The Trump administration has turned away tens of thousands at legal border crossings, first citing a shortage of space and then telling people to wait for court dates under its “Remain in Mexico” policy.

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