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Using Threats, N.Y. Landlords Feed Immigrants' Fear

Date: July 18, 2004
Author: Michael Powell
QUOTE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in New York report often receiving tips from landlords. "It's very common to hear from landlords," said spokesman Michael Gilhooley. "But our inspectors are careful to balance the tips with the fact that New York has so many immigrants. We prioritize based on threats to public safety.

ABSTRACT: Many tenants in Bronx, New York are terrified to complain to their landlord for fear there will be a knock at the door and it will be Homeland Security because their landlord wrote or called saying that they were a threat to national security. But given the influx of complaints, the appropriate offices know how to sift through them and identify cases that are in need of attention and those that are not.

--- Sari Kent

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