Fair Housing for Immigrants in the US
Fair housing for immigrants in the United States falls under the Fair Housing Act, which was legislated in 1968 as an enhancement to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Fair Housing Act made up for the majority of the additions to the act. Further updates to the Civil Rights Act have occurred since then, for various types of laws, including updates to the immigration laws.
The Fair Housing Act focuses on the requirements for immigration housing. The Act clearly points out the classifications of an illegal immigrant housing, and the possible penalties or punishments for violation of the Act. Within the Act, many aspects of immigrations regulations have been covered. These laws and regulations all help to essentially provide fair housing for immigrants in the United States and give them a fair chance to get a mortgage.
The Fair Housing Act provides various areas of coverage for immigrants such as protection over immigrants being discriminated based on their nationality, race, medical conditions, and so on. This protection on discrimination is designed to cover various individuals involved in commercial housing, including realtors, landlords, and lenders.
If an individual violates the Fair Housing act then they may be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. In the event of this Act being violated, a report will be filed and the Department of Justice will review it to determine whether it is worth seeking a prosecution for. The consequences for violating these laws will be outlined in the Fair Housing Act.
The Fair Housing Act basically prevents realtors, landlords, and lenders from discriminating on individuals and families when renting or selling a property, or lending out money. These individuals will not be allowed to be selective of buyers, renters, and borrowers based on their skin color, gender, family status, and so on. The only discrimination that can really be done by these individuals is the discrimination of the financial status of the potential buyer, renter, or borrower.
The laws in the Fair Housing Act are very beneficial and help improve the civil rights of immigrants in the United States. However, this Act can only go so to prevent discrimination of these individuals when buying, renting, or borrowing. It is not fully effective as the individual can get turned away without any evident discrimination. An example of this would be if a racist landlord showed an apartment to an immigrant and turned him down for renting the unit without reason. The Fair Housing Act may have been violated but there is no real proof of this happening. The victim of the rights violation may not have even realized that it had actually occurred either. Due to this the discrimination will not be reported and the individual will not be punished for it at all.
It would be beneficial for everyone to be fully aware of the Fair Housing Act and the laws that fall under it. In particular, landlords should read the Fair Housing Act so they have a better understanding of how the rental lease agreement should be worded. All renters should also take the time to read the Act so they know their rights as a tenant. In short, the Fair Housing Act is created to provide effective protection over discrimination of immigrants in the United States.