John Trasvina - president of the strongly pro-illegal immigration group MALDEF - has been nominated to the Obama administration. His title is "Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)". This follows the de-appointment of his co-worker Thomas Saenz to another post.
There's more on the FHEO office here: hud.gov/offices/fheo/aboutfheo/aboutfheo.cfm Among other things, they:
...manage the Fair Housing Assistance Program, administer the award and management of Fair Housing Initiatives Program grants, and propose fair housing legislation... ... conduct oversight of the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to ensure consistency with the Fair Housing Act... ... work with private industry, fair-housing and community advocates on the promotion of voluntary fair housing compliance...
What that boils down to is multiple ways that Trasvina might be able to help fund groups that support illegal immigration (see the National Council of La Raza's "Raza Development Fund"). And, he might be in a position to help encourage illegal aliens and low-wage workers buy homes. He might also be in a position to fight against local ordinances such as the ones in Farmers Branch or Escondido that tried to prevent landlords from renting to illegal aliens (see this and this). And, he might be able to stock the lower levels of HUD with others who think like he does in order to carry on the tradition.
Sun, 03/29/2009 - 11:12 · Importance: 4