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LatinaLista — In the latest example of how immigration enforcement has run amok, there comes a story out of the Dallas area where the home owner’s association (HOA) of a trailer park has taken it upon itself to decide who gets to live in their community.
Though HOAs are traditionally known for keeping the aesthetics of a neighborhood in check — no junky cars in the driveway, or yards overgrown with weeds, or undone exterior home repairs, etc. — some HOAs have overstepped their authority to the point that they treat homeowners as if they were renters in the amount of control they want to exert over a community.
They even go so far as fining, and in some cases, foreclosing on homes of people who get behind in their HOA dues.
Yet, to date, no HOA has been known to review the legal status of residents.
At one trailer park in a suburb of Dallas, a HOA has said that they are making sure only legal immigrants are moving into their trailer park. It doesn’t matter if contracts have been signed between the mortgage company and the buyer or how much money the buyer has put down — if the HOA finds that the buyer isn’t a legal resident — and they would have to determine that through an ID check — then they won’t allow them to live there.
One buyer, who bought his trailer and is supposedly not a legal resident, is suffering at the hands of this HOA already. The HOA has refused to have the new buyer’s water or electricity turned on.
Spokespeople for the HOA, who appear to be residents of the community, say they are not discriminating — claiming it’s not based on race, ethnicity or gender — because, as they know, that would be a violation of state and federal housing laws.
Yet, according to them, they are within their rights to deny residency based on citizenship status.
However, non-Hispanic residents of the trailer park are upset with the HOA members accusing them of racially profiling since none of them had their citizenship status questioned.
(This is a developing story and as soon as video is made available it will be posted.)
Update: A link to the story can be found here.
One Home Owners Association checking legal status before allowing new residents in neighborhood
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