ALEXANDRIA Va. (ABC7) — Four families of Latino immigrants are suing their landlord in federal court on Monday for allegedly threatening to evict anyone living in the park who is an undocumented immigrant.
The federal civil rights lawsuit is being filed in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the landlord of the Waples Mobile Home Park. The landlord will not be renewing the lease of any resident who does not have a Social Security number or some other proof of legal status, according to the families, who are being represented by the Legal Aid Justice Center and lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.
Here is the trailer park's official policy:
The suit claims that this policy is a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act, the Virginia Fair Housing law and is intentionally discriminatory of non-U.S. citizens.
One of the families says they have already had to leave their home in the park.
"I have been sick from the stress of what happened at Waples," says former tenant Rosy Giron de Reyes in a statement from LAJC.
The lawyers representing the families say this case represents a larger issue.
"This type of discrimination is all too common, but the law is unfortunately far from clear," says Ivy Finkenstadt of LAJC in the same statement. "Many cities and counties across the country have tried to put into place similar laws, and they have routinely been struck down by the federal courts.
The official court document can be read in full below: