BIA admits liability for troubled mobile home park

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is liable for poor living conditions at a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California, the local superintendent says.

The BIA is urging Henry Duro, a former chairman of the Desert Cahuilla Tribe, to make improvements at the Desert Mobile Home Park. An inspection of the facility found overcrowded homes, unsafe drinking water, sewage leaking and electrical problems

"We are obliged to do something about it," superintendent James Fletcher told The Los Angeles Times. "If we didn't, we could possibly be legally liable."

But a spokesperson hired by Duro accused the BIA of acting prematurely. The spokesperson said the agency is targeting the mobile home park because everyone who lives there is Hispanic.

"Open your eyes," the spokesperson said at a press conference, The Times reported. "Illegal immigration is in the news now."

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