A Clash of Cultures: Immigration and Housing Code Enforcement on Long Island

For the past several years, students in the Hofstra Housing Rights Clinic and I have represented tenants in an apartment building in the Village of Farmingdale, New York, whom we allege were targeted for eviction by the Village because they are Latinos. Farmingdale is a predominantly white, middle-class Long Island community, approximately thirty-five miles from mid-town Manhattan, with a small Latino enclave centered in the vicinity of our clients’ home, 150 Secatogue Avenue. Around the corner from the building there is a bodega at which people from the community gather to unwind and relax. Our clients view the bodega as a community center, a place where people, especially men in the community, can gather at the end of the day. In warm weather, they gather outside the establishment.

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