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1000s Of Illegals Live In Public Housing

From a shocked and amazed Associated Press:

This Oct. 30, 2008 file photo shows he public housing complex in South Boston where president-elect Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango reportedly lives is seen.

Thousands of illegal immigrants known to live in public housing; others may go unreported

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | Associated Press Writer
January 1, 2009

Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.

Illegal immigrants make up a tiny portion of the 7.1 million people in federal housing, according to government statistics. But authorities may be unaware of thousands more, and critics say no illegal immigrant should get housing benefits

The federal government, which funds the lion’s share of the nation’s public housing, requires only that illegal immigrants share a home with at least one family member who is in the country legally and pay their share of the rent.

While there are no hard numbers on illegal immigrants in public housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that 29,570 people — 0.4 percent of all those in federally funded housing — are "ineligible noncitizens." …

Frank Bean, director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, estimates at least half of ineligible noncitizens — or about 15,000 — are illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children. Anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically a citizen, making their families eligible for federal housing.

The HUD tally does not offer a full picture of how many illegal immigrants are in public housing.

It doesn’t include housing funded by state and local governments, where eligibility requirements vary. Massachusetts, where Obama’s aunt occupied one of about 50,000 state-funded units, doesn’t ask immigration status under a 1977 federal consent decree in a class-action lawsuit that prohibits the state from denying the benefit to illegal immigrants.

Other illegal immigrants may live in public housing without notifying authorities

Some prospective tenants and advocates of immigration restrictions are angry about U.S. citizens waiting for housing aid that some number of illegal immigrants are enjoying.

New York City has about 260,000 people in line for housing aid. Chicago recently opened its waiting list for the first time in about 10 years and collected 259,000 names in four weeks for 40,000 slots.

"As long as that waiting list includes American citizens or legal immigrants, there’s no reason an illegal alien should occupy any of that housing," said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, a group that supports curbs on immigration.

In San Diego, applicants are told they can expect to wait five to seven years.

"I don’t think we should take a second seat to anyone," said Daryl Ford, who applied for housing aid last year and lives in a San Diego homeless shelter. "We send money to everyone else in the world but we’re struggling here." …

Illegal immigrants get free public education through high school and emergency medical care, but are denied many other services, like food stamps and broad Medicaid coverage

HUD declined to break down the number of ineligible noncitizens by city or state

Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, applied for public housing in 2002 while she was in the country legally seeking asylum from her native Kenya, said Lydia Agro, spokeswoman for the Boston Housing Authority, which has a waiting list of nearly 20,000 people.

Onyango moved into federally funded housing in 2003 and stayed there after 2004, when, The Associated Press learned, an immigration judge denied her asylum application and ordered her to leave the country.

Onyango transferred to an apartment funded only by the state, which cannot ask about immigration status under the court order. In November, her attorney said she was staying with relatives in Cleveland and would fight her deportation order.

Who woke up the Associated Press?

Of course this is the kind of story that the AP figure is safe to leak out on one of the days of the year when nobody is reading the paper.

Massachusetts, where Obama’s aunt occupied one of about 50,000 state-funded units, doesn’t ask immigration status under a 1977 federal consent decree in a class-action lawsuit that prohibits the state from denying the benefit to illegal immigrants.

A lawsuit undoubtedly brought by the ACLU.

They are all about protecting the rights of American citizens, don’t you know.

Illegal immigrants get free public education through high school and emergency medical care, but are denied many other services, like food stamps and broad Medicaid coverage.

Pull the other one, Mr. Spagat.

Actually, the headline for this article should have read: “Nobody Knows How Many Illegal Aliens Live In Public Housing – Or Really Cares.”

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “1000s Of Illegals Live In Public Housing”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    How many are in the Honest Obe family tree? Seems like they just LOVE the free stuff!!

  2. zeezil says:

    How stupendously idiotic our federal government is. It is illegal to enter the country without inspection and without possesion of the proper visa. It is illegal to be in the country and holding a job. But the federal government actually doesn’t prohibit illegal immigrants from living in public housing. It’s yet another example of the divergent ways in which the government treats undocumented residents. No, you can’t get Medicaid, but you can qualify for in-state college tuition. No, you can’t get a driver’s license, but you can live in public housing. No, there are some benefits you can’t get but if any member of your household is a citizen (i.e., anchor baby) you qualify.

    What the federal government should make clear, through both legislation and actions is this…if you are in the U.S. illegally, everything you do and participate in is illegal activity by virtue of your illegal presence

  3. zeezil says:

    The Forgotten Issue: Illegal Immigration and Crime

    Two new studies were released in October on the relationship between illegal immigrants and crime in the U.S. The first released October 1, 2008, by the Center for Immigration Studies deals with gang activity, and the second, released October 3, 2008, by the Maricopa County Attorneys Office in Phoenix, Arizona, details the percentage of crimes committed by border violators in the third largest county in the U.S.

    “Taking Back the Streets: ICE and Local Law Enforcement Target Immigrant Gangs” is the Center for Immigration Studies report that offers these highlights:

    # Transnational immigrant gangs have been spreading rapidly and sprouting in suburban and rural areas where communities are not always equipped to deal with them.

    # A very large share of immigrant gang members are illegal aliens and removable aliens. Federal sources estimate that 60 to 90 percent of the members of MS-13, the most notorious immigrant gang, are illegal aliens. In one jurisdiction studied, Northern Virginia, 30 to 40 percent of the gang task force case load were removable aliens.

    # MS-13 activity was found in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

    # The immigrant gangsters arrested were a significant menace to the public. About 80 percent had committed serious crimes in addition to their immigration violations and 40 percent were violent criminals.

    # While immigration law enforcement is a federal responsibility, ICE cannot do the job effectively without assistance from state and local law enforcement, particularly when it comes to immigrant gangs.

    # Failure to adequately control the U.S.-Mexico border and to deter illegal settlement in general undermines the progress ICE and local law enforcement agencies have made in disrupting criminal immigrant street gangs.

    The MCAO report from County Attorney Andrew Thomas features these startling numbers for prosecuted felony cases in Maricopa County, Arizona:

    In 2007, illegal immigrants accounted for:

    10% of sex crimes convictions
    11% of murders convictions
    13% of stolen cars convictions
    13% of aggravated assaults convictions
    17% of those sentenced for violent crimes
    19% of those sentenced for property crimes
    20% of those sentenced for felony DUI.
    21% of crimes committed with weapons
    34% of those sentenced for the manufacture, sale or transport of drugs
    36% of those sentenced for kidnapping
    44% of forgeries
    50% of those sentenced for crimes related to “chop shops”
    85% of false ID convictions
    96% of smuggling convictions

    Illegal immigrants make up 19 percent of those convicted of crimes in Maricopa County and 21 percent of those in county jails.

    Illegal immigrants only make up an estimated 9 percent of the county’s population.

    It is estimated that each violent crime cost citizens $20,000, and each property crime cost citizens $4363 per offense.

    All the more a concern is research that finds the likelihood of an illegal immigrant being incarcerated grows with longer residence in the United States and that the U.S. born children (considered citizens) of illegal immigrants are dramatically more likely to be involved in crime than their illegal immigrant parents. For instance, native born Hispanic male high school dropouts are eleven times more likely to be incarcerated than their foreign born counterparts.

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