CityLab staffer Brentin Mock breaks down what's wrong with Sen. Rand Paul's proposal to block Syrian refugees from receiving housing assistance.
Said the U.S. Senator from Kentucky, “My amendment says this that we're not going to bring them here and put them on government assistance. … My amendment would end the housing assistance for refugees in order to send a message to the President the people have spoken, we are unhappy with your program.”
It would also send the message that the federal government is willing to violate the constitution to defy President Barack Obama’s orders to accomodate Syrian refugees.
"To make housing available to some people and not others based solely on their national origin not only flies in the face of fairness, it also is a clear violation of federal Fair Housing law," said Cashauna Hill, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.