The issue of overcrowded housing in some US towns is playing a large role in the debate on U.S. immigration.
The overcrowding problem has become an issue as these towns try to prevent landlords from permitting many unrelated people to occupy single-family homes.
Local officials in New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Georgia have evicted residents, threatened landlords with fines or jail time or legally narrowed the definition of family to combat a problem they say disrupts neighborhoods, reports USA Today.
But these measures are seen by some activists as being targeted against immigrants, particularly Hispanics, who often need to share a home to afford the rent, says the report.
The dispute has arisen at a time when states and Congress debate on whether to impose new restrictions on those who entered the country illegally.