President Obama is pressing forward with regulations to diversify wealthy neighborhoods – and critics of the idea haven’t been shy, calling out the idea as ridiculous and an irrational way of advancing the White House’s own vision of a utopian society.

The rules, coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, could withhold block grants to communities if they don’t build enough so-called affordable housing in wealthy neighborhoods, the Hill reported.

This is a story WND reported nearly a year ago after the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rules showed up in the Federal Register as a result of an Obama executive order.

The grant dollars could also be used to make improvements in poorer areas by providing libraries, groceries, parks and schools.

“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a spokesperson for the federal agency said, the Hill reported. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”

And civil rights people are cheering.

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Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance, said the country has “a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities,” and this regulation would rectify that perceived bias, the Hill reported.

But not all see the idea as feasible or palatable.

“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who’s leading up a House effort to block the rules, the Hill reported.

WND was the first news organization to expose the coming new HUD rules in a July 2014 article, which detailed how the rules would be used not only to promote racial quotas in white suburban neighborhoods but also to force communities to house the nation’s burgeoning population of new immigrants.

Another critic, Heritage Foundation fellow Hans von Spakovsky, said the regulations seemed to be yet another way for Obama to inject race into a policy discussion.

“It’s a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything,” he said, the media outlet reported.

The regulations are due this month. In order to qualify for the grant money, interested cities would have to look at their communities’ patterns of segregation and devise plans to counter them.

The Hill reported the regulations would impact up to 1,250 local governments around the country.

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