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Stop evicting immigrants.

The Long Island town of Farmingville has been the site of intense battles between local residents and immigrant workers. While violent attacks and hate crimes directed at day laborers have gained notoriety for Farmingville, local officials mounted a systematic effort to evict Latino immigrants from their homes based on technical violations of housing codes. In December, advocacy groups, including the Workplace Project and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), submitted conclusive proof that the evictions were discriminatory--every single person evicted was Latino, while they are only 8 percent of the town's population. A federal judge issued an injuction against the "no-notice" evictions, providing a temporary fix to an outrageous attempt by local officials to push out immigrants.
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Author:Chaddha, Anmol
Publication:Colorlines Magazine
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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