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Illegal Immigrants Can Cash in on American Dream

Undocumented workers who are taking steps toward citizenship can now apply for housing assistance.

Tuesday night, in a vote of 15-4, a majority of the Madison Common Council signed off on a resolution allowing undocumented workers to apply for low-interest housing loans through the city Community Development Block Grant programs.

One stipulation, workers must have an individual tax identification number (ITIN), meaning they pay federal taxes, to apply for a loan.

Opponents say city leaders shouldn't condone illegal activity, by supporting those who don't follow immigration laws.

But supporters say the idea is supported by HUD, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also say the issue isn't about immigration, it's about providing an equal opportunity for those who live and work in Madison.

Although the resolution passed, the debate isn't over.

State Senator Glenn Grothman says he intends to add an amendment to Senate Bill 43, which is aimed at stopping the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) from following similar guidelines.

The amendment would counteract Madison's resolution.

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