Renting to undocumented immigrants could become illegal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) Tennessee lawmakers advanced a bill that would bring penalties against landlords renting or subleasing housing to undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Republican Rep. Bruce Griffey's bill cleared the House Business Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Griffey said the bill aims to penalize landlords for knowingly renting to people who are in the U.S. illegally. First-time penalties would include a misdemeanor punishable by a $350 fine, with increasing penalties.

The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition said the bill denies communities basic human dignity and puts children at risk of homelessness.

Another subcommittee overwhelmingly rejected Griffey's other bill to charge fees on international money transfers from people in Tennessee who can't present a driver's license. Griffey has said it could help fund President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.