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Action Alert: Proposed Legislation Violates the Fair Housing Act by Making it Illegal to House or Shelter Undocumented Immigrants

Posted on 20. May, 2008 by

The Louisiana state legislature is considering several pieces of legislation that complicate things for undocumented immigrants. While all of the bills are troublesome, two stand out in the housing front. House bills 1357 and 1365 seek to make it illegal to house or shelter undocumented immigrants. If passed, the bill would facilitate illegal discrimination. Even well-intentioned landlords would be forced to engage in illegal racial profiling in order to comply with the law. It is GNOFHAC’s position that the bill is illegal. In fact, similar bills have been struck down in other states and cities. We ask that you contact your state legislator and ask them to vote against the bill.

5-20-08 To read the two bills click here, scroll down to “Bill Search,” enter “HB 1357” or “HB 1365” and hit “view.”

5-30-08 Read the Times Picayune editorial, entitled “Wasting Time”, here.

6-04-08 Read the Times Picayune article, “Immigrant Bill Hits Senate Panel Snag”, here.

Click the links for a list of legislators (House and Senate).

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