Monday, December 03, 2007

For Hispanic immigrants, bias isn't only barrier to housing

December 2, 2007

Responding to a wave of anger over the influx of undocumented Hispanic immigrants, town boards across the country have tried to enlist landlords in denying housing to those without legal status.

But in the high-cost suburbs north of New York City, the housing struggle is more about money than ordinances, local housing advocates say.

"From my perspective, the discrimination that's going on is that they (the undocumented) are victims of exploitation," said Ann Spaeth of the Port Chester Council of Community Services. "Because those are the ones who can't complain."

Federal fair housing laws protect people from discrimination based on their race and national origin, but they do not specifically outlaw bias...Read Full Story @


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