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    In 2015, the Obama administration introduced the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) act as a provision of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, ordering communities to be examined for barriers to fair housing as a means of justifying if they would continue to receive government funds.

    US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had rescinded the "Obama-Biden" Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, vowing that those "living their suburban lifestyle dream" would no longer be "bothered or financially hurt" by the construction of low-income housing in their communities

    According to Trump, the revocation of the Obama-era rule will make "crime go down", while housing prices will rise "based on the market". 

    "I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood... Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!", the tweet read.

    ​Not everyone followed the president's advice to "Enjoy!", as some netizens lambasted Trump for pushing "racist" policies, seeing the changes as an attempt to prevent black people or those with low incomes from living in the suburbs. Trying to unpack the phrase "suburban lifestyle dream", some users came to the opinion that Trump aims to segregate communities. 

    ​Some wondered how a "suburban lifestyle dream" is different from an "American" one.

    ​While some criticized Trump for his decision, others stood with the president, insisting that the law change seems to them fairer than the previous legislation.

    ​Some suggested that Trump might have meant equal health for everyone and not segregation and discrimination.

    ​A provision of the 1968 federal Fair Housing Act, AFFH was implemented in 2015 by the Obama administration, to require local authorities to inspect neighbourhoods to ascertain if there were barriers for fair housing, including racial or class segregation, before applying for federal housing funds.

    US Housing Secretary Ben Carson, a Trump appointee, appears to have begun working to revoke the rule on 23 July, with the Trump administration claiming the changes will favor local autonomy.

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