Special To The Washington Post.
California lawmakers, already engaged in a high-profile battle against the Trump administration over its opposition to “sanctuary cities” and “dreamers,” has approved a measure aimed at bolstering the housing rights of undocumented immigrants.
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The legislature passed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, which prohibits landlords from reporting, or even threatening to report, the immigration status of their tenants to authorities as a means of harassment or retaliation or to force an eviction. The bill also allows tenants to be awarded monetary damages if their landlord is found guilty of the actions.
Sponsors of the measure say they were spurred by an increased level of harassment by landlords toward undocumented immigrants.
“We were hearing from tenants that were being told that their
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