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FAIRFAX, VA (WUSA9) -- One by one, low-income immigrant families living in one of the last affordable neighborhoods in Fairfax County are losing their homes.

The managers of Waples Mobile Home Park are demanding social security numbers for every resident. And if they cannot produce them, they're being evicted.

Waples Park managers insist they need the numbers to conduct background checks on residents. But migrants who have lived here for years without them say it's just terribly unfair.

Construction worker Carlos Hernandez says his small mobile home is the only thing -- the only small piece of America -- that his family owns. “I just want my kids to have a better future,” he said.

Hernandez and his wife are raising his three boys and girl here. They carefully charted their growth on a door frame. The three youngest are US citizens, and Eric, their oldest child, is OK because they brought him here when he was four.

Hernandez said he’s paid taxes, paid the rent on the land and the mortgage on the house. But now stands to lose it all. “I feel real confused because we've been living here for 12 years.”

And now it all seems to be coming to an end with an eviction notice. 9 a.m. on February 16 it says on the notice, five days from now.

Hernandez, like about 15 other families here, has no social security card. He has a Virginia driver's license and a federal tax identification number, but that's no longer enough for the park's managers.

“Pretty frustrated and worried, because I don't know what's going to happen if we get evicted,” Hernandez said.

The family tried to transfer ownership of the home to Eric, 21, but a judge turned them down. “They rejected it, they said it was too late.”

Hernandez said they have no family in the area and nowhere else to go.

He and his family lost the first round in Fairfax County General District Court. But attorneys from the Legal Aid Justice Center will be back in court Friday trying to get him a new trial.

We'll let you know how it turns out.

Managers of the mobile home declined to talk with WUSA9. But supporters of the families say they could easily check if they have criminal records with their names and tax identification numbers. Carlos Hernandez says neither he nor anyone else in his family has ever been in legal trouble.

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