Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Scandal Brewing in the 9th?

NLS has a story from the Roanoke Times on Allen Dudley and his tenants in a trailer park he owns. Supposedly, he is renting to illegal aliens in his trailer park. This is very interesting since Kilgore and the GOP is pushing illigal immigration as an election issue (which Dudley is opposed to as well).
I doubt this will actually become a major issue, if for no other reason I don't know how they would expect Dudley to know. Fair Housing does not require asking if someone is a legal alien, so if a landlord does this, it could result in suits accusing them of discrimination against hispanics. It would be a very bad idea to do this, especially if the people trying to get housing have children. It would open a pandora's box of problems, especially since this is not high income housing ($400/month).
I don't think this will end up becoming a major issue, and I still believe Dudley will keep his seat.


  • At 9/12/2005 1:18 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said…

    Not knowing is a good answer- except he told the Roanoke Times he confirmed it and plans to do nothing about it. Huh?

  • At 9/12/2005 10:01 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Agreed, that was stupid.
    I still don't think this will have a big effect, but who knows.

  • At 9/14/2005 10:07 AM, Anonymous Freddie said…

    $400 a month for housing seems small compared to other regions in the state. $400 a month for a dilapidated trailer in Franklin County is highway robbery.

    Partisanship aside these people live in awful conditions and are being exploited.

  • At 9/14/2005 10:35 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I am not up-to-date on rents in Franklin County so I can't say.
    $400/month for a trailer may or may not be high for the area.

  • At 9/15/2005 2:37 PM, Blogger I'm Not Emeril said…

    Actually he said he had confirmed it, there has been no trouble caused by them, so he has no real recourse. He did, however, write to Michael Chertoff in order to inform HS.

  • At 5/14/2006 5:19 PM, Blogger stavros928 said…

    actually your wrong. Law states nobody may live in a dwelling and all states require it in rental agreements with out electric being turned on which in turn required legal ID and bills for verification. Which in turn means you should have a social security card. It is a Law that is actively ignored but one that would simply stop them cold.


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