US President Donald Trump said low income housing will not be «forced» onto suburbs anymore, as he announced he has overturned an Obama-era rule meant to fight segregation during a rally in Midland, Texas on Wednesday.
«People fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home. There will be no more affordable housing forced into the suburbs,» Trump said. «It's been going on for years. I've seen conflict for years. It's been hell for suburbia. We rescinded the rule three days ago so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your life.»
Last week, Trump's Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it was ending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, a 2015 rule that obliged local governments to diagnose and address patterns of racial segregation made illegal under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Despite the Fair Housing Act operating for decades, many US neighbourhoods have still remained segregated, with non-white communities less likely to be able to access good schools, health care and public programmes that are instrumental in lifting citizens out of poverty.