Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Illegal Aliens Sue Former Landlord

Four Latino families being evicted from a mobile-home park because at least one family member is undocumented and doesn’t have a Social Security number filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday that advocates said could set a national precedent in fair-housing law.
They are claiming that requirement for all tenants to have a Social Security card, visa and related documents or a passport is discriminatory because it disproportionately affects Latinos. I'm not a lawyer, but doesn't it affect them disproportionately because they have disproportionately chosen to be there illegally?

The article also says that households with "undocumented residents" were put on a month-to-month lease instead of an annual one and were required to pay a $300 per month fee on top of the monthly rent. If the rental terms changed for some of the tenants and they weren't evicted, it makes me think that there may be more to the eviction story than they're telling. Granted, an extra $300 a month in rental payments would make me want to move, but why were some given a choice of paying while others were evicted?

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