January 22, 2021

Reps. Vargas and Aguilar Commend HUD for Making DACA Recipients Eligible for FHA Loan

Washington, DC (January 22, 2021) — This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program beneficiaries are eligible for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), reversing a Trump Administration policy that made DACA recipients ineligible for the program.

The decision comes after Reps. Juan Vargas (CA-51) and Pete Aguilar (CA-31) led several efforts urging Secretary Ben Carson and HUD to reverse the original interpretation of policy and reaffirm DACA recipients, or Dreamers, as eligible participants. Their efforts to overturn the Trump Administration’s policy change included a letter co-authored with Senator Bob Menendez that directed to HUD’s Inspector General to open an investigation into whether the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act in their decision to deny FHA insured loans to DACA recipients.

"Dreamers are working, tax-paying Americans and have every right to own a home. For years, I have been urging Secretary Ben Carson to reverse HUD's newfound interpretation of policy—which had changed to block DACA recipients’ access to FHA loans under the Trump administration—and reaffirm DACA beneficiaries’ eligibility to apply for FHA mortgages," said Rep. Vargas. "I’m pleased to see that HUD has rightfully extended this eligibility to our Dreamers."

“Dreamers have established their lives here and deserve the chance to buy a home like every other American. The Trump Administration’s policy of denying DACA recipients FHA loans was a shameful and discriminatory excuse to further advance Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Now, under the leadership of the Biden Administration, HUD is doing the right thing by recognizing that Dreamers deserve access to this critical resource and the dream of homeownership,” said Aguilar.

Rep. Vargas serves on the Financial Services Committee and had an opportunity to question Secretary Carson in 2019. Both Reps. Aguilar and Vargas are Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fifth term in Congress.