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Donald Trump is threatening to scrap a federal housing regulation aimed at desegregating neighborhoods, claiming the rule has had a 'devastating impact' on America's suburbs. 

The president tweeted on Tuesday that he is 'studying' the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule imposed by the Obama administration that requires local governments that receive federal housing aid to review and fix patterns of racial disparities and discrimination.

'At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am  studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!' he wrote.

The fair housing enforcement is among the many Obama-era regulations the Trump administration has sought to roll back in the past four years. Pictured: Trump with HUD secretary Ben Carson 

The president tweeted he is 'studying' the AFFH rule at the 'request of many great Americans'

Republicans have opposed the rule which requires local governments that receive federal housing aid to review and fix patterns of racial disparities and discrimination

Trump did not provide further details of his plan, but the fair housing enforcement is among the Obama-era regulations his administration has sought to roll back in the past four years.  

In 2018, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Ben Carson unveiled a proposal to delay the measure, which he described as being 'overly burdensome.' 

The agency claimed it had received complaints from communities that had struggled to complete assessments and produce plans meeting HUD's standards. 

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Civil rights organizations challenged HUD's delay by suing the agency, but the lawsuit was later tossed by a federal judge who upheld the decision. 

The AFFH policy, established in 2015, piggybacked off the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that outlawed racial discrimination in public housing during the Civil Rights era, but provided clearer guidelines on how to enforce equality.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, has pledged to make affordable housing more accessible as president by investing $640billion over 10 years

It meant citizens who qualified for Section 8 housing would have more choice in where to live and municipalities risked losing federal funding if they failed to meet the government's standards.    

Republicans have claimed the rule is part of Democrats' plans to 'abolish' the suburbs as the rule could lead to more public housing developments and subsequently attract low-income city dwellers.   

Joe Biden, meanwhile, has pledged to make affordable housing more accessible as president by investing $640billion over 10 years and ending redlining within the housing market.

Biden has also promised to ramp up fair housing enforcement by enacting legislation that would require local governments to develop a strategy for 'inclusionary zoning.' 

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Trump Says Schools ‘Are About Radical Left Indoctrination,’ Threatens Tax-Exempt Status

Savannah Rychcik July 10, 2020 0 Comments

President Donald Trump is taking aim at schools and universities accusing them of not focusing on education.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday to accuse schools and universities of failing to properly educate students and threatened to revoke their tax-exempt status.

“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status…” Trump said.

He added, “… and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

… and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020

Trump’s comments come shortly after he threatened to “cut off funding” if schools do not reopen in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, as IJR previously reported.

Speaking at a White House event on Tuesday, Trump said he would put pressure on governors and other local officials to reopen schools.

Trump has received backlash from several over his constant push to reopen schools.

During his press briefing on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) claimed Trump did not have the “authority” to reopen schools, as IJR previously reported.

Cuomo suggested the decision to reopen schools is a state decision.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia caught wind of Trump’s comments and challenged him to “sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air.”

Trump pushed for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revise its guidance on reopening schools.

He called them “very tough” and “expensive.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield said the CDC does not plan to revise its guidelines.

Universities are facing their own challenges as a result of the outbreak.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday international students will need to leave the United States, or transfer schools, if they are enrolled in online classes only.

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the rule.

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