A Florida real estate broker who refused to rent to a woman whose parents are illegal immigrants is facing deportation and other sanctions, including a possible arrest.
In a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court in Miami, Eva L. Gonzalez said she was told by a real estate agent that her parents are in the country illegally and she couldn’t even open her bank account because of the matter.
Gonzalez is one of about two dozen families whose immigration status has been questioned by the Department of Homeland Security because of their family’s relationship with people in the U.A.E.
As the suit details, Gonzalez was denied a mortgage for her property in the Miami-Dade County community of Coral Gables because of her parents’ status as illegal immigrants.
“The agent repeatedly told me, ‘You have no right to buy the property.
It’s not your home,'” Gonzalez said.
“The agent told me that if I ever came to the office I would be kicked out.
He said, ‘I don’t know who you are, but you’re not welcome.'”
According to court documents, Gonzalez said her parents had been living in the United States illegally for almost a decade.
In 2011, her parents were arrested for running a drug-dealing ring and deported back to Mexico, according to court records.
After Gonzalez’s parents were deported, she said, she was unable to obtain a mortgage, which she was required to pay off before applying for a new loan, the suit states.
The suit also states that Gonzalez and her mother were repeatedly told by real estate agents that her father was not legally in the countries where they were living.
She said that in 2016, she contacted the local immigration agency, which asked for a court order to stop her from renting her home.
In response, Gonzalez and other families who had been denied a rental were denied a loan to buy, the lawsuit states.
After the eviction order, Gonzalez went to a federal court to obtain an eviction protection order.
She said agents told her she could not rent to people who were already in the county because of a federal immigration law, the Miami Herald reported.
According to a Department of Housing and Urban Development spokeswoman, ICE can’t enforce the law against individuals who are in federal custody.
ICE agents can ask a judge to issue an eviction order against someone they suspect of violating immigration law.
Garcia said she is still waiting for a response from the housing agency.
The Miami Herald said the real estate agency did not respond to an email requesting comment.