Senate Dems Demand Answers from Ben Carson Over Denial of Housing Loans to Dreamers
A lender who previously worked with a DACA recipient to obtain a loan through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), said the Trump administration had decided that FHA loans can no longer be granted to DACA recipients. Democratic Senators Bob Menéndez (NJ), Cory Booker (NJ), and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) are demanding answers from HUD Secretary Ben Carson over the supposed change. In a letter to Carson, the Senators want to know why the Trump administration has implemented an unofficial policy of denying FHA insured mortgages to "Dreamers" -- which reportedly started around May of this year. The lawmakers want Carson to tell them more about the change and whether or not it is an official policy; what caused the change and which administration officials were involved; and if HUD has any other plans to disqualify applicants from FHA-insured mortgage loans based on their immigration status. They also want all relevant documents related to HUD’s current policy and they want the lenders to provide information on how many potential borrowers have been affected. “While federal courts have currently stopped President Trump from expelling DACA recipients from the country, this is yet another example of the Administration adopting underhanded tactics to punish DACA recipients for remaining in the United States,” the lawmakers wrote. “We are appalled that the Trump Administration would exploit a federal government program to deny Dreamers an opportunity of owning their own home, a cornerstone of the American dream.” More here.