Illinois Rep's Housing Bill Would Harm Families and Children

We just received an update from our partners at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights about a new amendment to the Federal Housing Relief Bill added by Representative Judy Biggert (R-Illinois).

biggertThe Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is deeply disappointed that Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Illinois) has proposed an ill-considered amendment to the federal housing relief bill (HR 1106) that would limit eligibility to US citizens and green card holders. If this amendment (amendment #38) were to become law, refugees, asylees, high-skilled workers in the process of getting green cards, and other legal immigrants would be excluded. In addition, US-born children of immigrants would face homelessness solely because of the immigration status of their parents.

During the current economic downturn and housing crisis, it is of utmost importance that families stay together and have a roof over their heads. Denying assistance to families because they have the wrong immigration status makes it that much more likely that these families and children will lose their homes. ICIRR is disappointed that Rep. Biggert would think that her amendment would be good policy for our families, our communities, and our nation.

Stay tuned for possible action alerts or petitions against this amendment.