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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trump administration's newly proposed rule, which would prevent any unauthorized immigrants' from accessing subsidized housing, could result in more than 55,000 children who are legal residents or citizens being evicted, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's own analysis reported by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: If the rule goes into effect, thousands of families could be forced to leave their homes. Even if children in the household are legally qualified for government aid, unauthorized adults would not be allowed to sign leases for subsidized houses.

  • Currently, undocumented immigrants are unable to receive federal housing subsidies, however families with mixed-immigration status can so long as one person — a child born in the U.S. or spouse with citizenship — is eligible. The new rule demands every person in a household possess "eligible immigration status."
  • Other impacts: The analysis found that the rule change would likely cost the government more money, which could lead to "fewer households served under the housing choice vouchers program," per WashPost.

The big picture: The proposed rule is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to limit immigrants' use of government assistance programs. Another proposed rule could disqualify some immigrants — even legal immigrants — from certain visas or green cards if they use or are likely to use federal safety net programs.

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Biden extends mask mandates for travelers into 2022

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

President Biden will announce new testing protocols for international travelers on Thursday and extend masking requirements through March as the U.S. prepares to fight the Omicron variant this winter, according to senior administration officials.

Driving the news: The U.S. will tighten pre-departure testing protocols starting early next week by requiring all inbound international travelers to take COVID-19 tests within one day of their departure rather than three.

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America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron

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The race to figure out just how dangerous the Omicron variant is will likely be a global effort, but some experts are skeptical that the U.S. will play a dominant role.

Why it matters: The CDC has repeatedly come under fire for inadequate data collection throughout the pandemic — and figuring out how to respond to Omicron requires a lot of data that doesn't currently exist.

U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.

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