Leftists who had denounced President Donald Trump over terminating the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will receive millions of dollars in taxpayer funds. For example, the nonprofit National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), will receive $999,962— the largest amount dedicated to a single recipient -- of a $37 million grant awarded to various organizations tasked with combating housing discrimination. The grant will be distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

NFHA attacked President Trump over his rescission of the DACA program, which allows some 800,000 illegal aliens who were under the age of 31 by June 15, 2012, to live, work, and obtain driver’s licenses in the U.S. These so-called Dreamers supposedly came as minors through no fault of their own. DACA is currently a bone of contention in Congress, where Democrats are blocking negotiations over federal budgetary legislation over the issue. Pressure groups, churches, and leftists have rallied support to provide amnesty for DACA beneficiaries. President Trump in September 2017 and called on Congress for a solution.

Among the groups that denounced Trump’s action on DACA was NFHA. NFHA CEO Shanna L. Smith released a statement, saying “Donald Trump’s horrifying decision to terminate DACA represents one of the most destructive actions this president has taken to harm marginalized communities in this country.” 

Smith said, “DACA has provided hope for nearly 1 million young undocumented immigrants whose dreams of a better and successful future reflect the spirit and hope that has defined the United States of America. Their contributions to the American workforce and their courage serves as a model to the rest of us. The fair housing movement stands by the side of Dreamers who will be imperiled by the decision to end DACA.”

According to Smith, illegal aliens have “inalienable rights.” She compared them to communities that have suffered segregation and discrimination. “The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination regardless of the status of their national origin, which may impact citizenship standards, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 states that all people of the United States have an equal right to make and enforce contracts, including those to secure housing,” the NFHA chief wrote. “Fair housing advocates stand at the ready to protect the fair housing rights of ALL people in the United States and we urge Congress to take steps to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.” 

In a letter co-signed by other leftist groups, Smith called on Congress to also denounce the president, while accusing Trump of divisiveness. 

According to a HUD announcement, 150 other groups across the country will share the $37 million grant. HUD Secretary Ben. Carson said, according to a HUD release, “The funds announced today will allow our fair housing partners on the ground to combat housing discrimination and ensure every person has equal access to housing.” 

Other groups receiving funding from HUD are Legal Services of Eastern Michigan ($300,000), Mississippi Center for Justice ($300,000), Citizen Action of New Jersey ($125,000), and Brooklyn Legal Services ($300,000). 
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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