Last-minute legislation approved by Congress will allow amnesty recipients to continue receiving housing benefits, a move applauded Wednesday by local officials who had feared that redevelopment projects would be jeopardized.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service had proposed barring amnesty recipients from receiving benefits from about 40 health, education and welfare programs for five years, including Section 8 housing aid from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, community development block grants and rental housing-assistance aid.
Local housing officials and immigrant-rights activists had feared the regulation would prevent cities from using federal money to help relocate tenants displaced by redevelopment projects, threatening a number of rehabilitation plans in the area, including the Karcher-Barry project in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Anaheim.
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Local officials, including Reps. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) and William Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) and Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson, had lobbied the INS to delay imposing the regulations until Congress had a chance to consider amendments.