Immigrants, Cops and Slumlords in the Midwest

Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 61, Fall 2004

33 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2009

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Northern Illinois University College of Law

Date Written: Fall 2004

Abstract

This essay considers housing and rental issues impacting Latina/o immigrants in the Midwest with two legal concerns underscoring its focus. Part III addresses the use of police officers in housing inspection law and its intersection with property and landlord tenant law. In Illinois, the immigrant presence is also primarily of Mexican ancestry with approximately four percent of the total comprising the undocumented community. In Bensenville, Illinois, landlord Steve Trojan believes officials target and charge him with violating occupancy laws because of his Latina/o residents. Housing code inspection raids, comparable to drug raids, thus breach a tenant's privacy interest, quiet use and enjoyment of the unit, and yet fail to protect a community's health and safety standards. A tenant's legal interest sustains additional harm when after an inspection raid housing officials immediately eject the tenants. Several housing conditions in DeKalb emphasized the need for a landlord/tenant ordinance. Partly in response to the Latina/o Law Students and others, the former mayor of DeKalb organized a task force to determine whether a landlord/Tenant Ordinance was necessary. This essay accordingly makes a plea for statewide landlord/tenant law that considers the effects attached to slum housing in general.

Suggested Citation

Luna, Guadalupe Theresa, Immigrants, Cops and Slumlords in the Midwest (Fall 2004). Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 61, Fall 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502923

Guadalupe Theresa Luna (Contact Author)

Northern Illinois University College of Law ( email )

Swen Parson Hall 151
1425 Lincoln Highway
Dekalb, IL 60115
United States

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