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A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the city of Redondo Beach's ordinance allowing for the arrest of day laborers who approach automobiles soliciting work.
A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision.
The appeals court said the city's ordinance, modeled after a Phoenix law upheld by the same court, was a reasonable response to traffic problems that officials said day laborers soliciting work caused at two city intersections. The 2-1 majority noted that Redondo Beach allowed the day laborers an alternative forum to seek work such as passing out literature on sidewalks and in parking lots.
Backstory here, here, here, and here. Note that one of the groups challenging the law at those links was MALDEF; the last note on their page about the case mentions the appeal: preview.maldef.org/immigration/litigation/redondobeach_v_jornaleros
Note also that MALDEF is among those challenging the new Arizona immigration law, and that Arizona's law contains provisions similar in spirit to those in the Redondo Beach law. At the very least this decision won't make MALDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others feel good, and it might have a bearing on challenges to the Arizona law.
UPDATE: The full text is here. Aside from MALDEF, two other groups involved in the case were the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Barack Obama was involved with the second group years ago.
Growing ranks of U.S. citizens are heading to street corners and home improvement store parking lots to find day-labor work usually done by illegal immigrants.
"You had many, many unemployed construction workers who found themselves without any permanent or stable work," he says. "Some of them have gone on to seek employment by standing on street corners alongside immigrant workers."
..."It's becoming more ethnically diverse. On the corners, I've seen white people, I've seen African Americans and a lot of Mexican Americans," says Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). "When unemployment benefits run out, I expect to see more."
...Citizens are replacing immigrant day laborers who had trouble finding work and returned to their home countries, says Antonio Bernabe, senior organizer of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
An earlier study from Valenzuela found that about 75% of day laborers are illegal aliens, although there are regional variations. That means that doing immigration enforcement would open up more jobs for American citizens. However, the last two groups and the Department of Homeland Security itself don't really have much of an interest in doing that.
Using this article as a starting point would be a good way to embarrass a DHS official over their failure to enforce the law in order to reduce U.S. unemployment.
NYT: subsidize unemployed illegal alien day laborers to keep them in U.S. until economy improves - 12/30/08
The New York Times offers the editorial "Immigration Riddle" (link), a plea to keep illegal alien day laborers in a Long Island community during the economic downturn rather than taking actions to cause them to return to their home countries. The town of Huntington Station (together with Hagedorn Foundation and the Long Island Community Foundation), has been paying for a day laborer center operated by the Family Service League since around 2001. See " Tempers Rise Over Immigrants" by Elissa Gootman from that year, where they admit that "most are also illegal aliens" (link).
Now, per the NYT, there isn't much work available. Rather than giving in to calls to shut the center down, the NYT wants the center to keep providing their usual fare including "food, warm clothing and English lessons."
In other words, rather than reducing the competition that U.S. citizens face for what little work is available by encouraging illegal aliens to leave, the NYT wants the city to underwrite a permanent labor pool of illegal workers. The sleazy support for illegal activity practically drips from the NYT's pages, putting them once again in the position of fully supporting illegal immigration.
Note that the NYT implicitly admits that they're discussing illegal aliens with the "shadows" bit below:
(Town supervisor Frank Petrone) deserves credit for resisting - so far - the simple solution, which is to pull the plug and to chase the laborers into the shadows. That would defy common sense and the Constitution. The town should commit itself to keep some services going, and thus keep homelessness, vagrancy, sickness and blight at bay until the good times return.
Most of them wouldn't be chased into the shadows; they'd move to another town. Eventually, many of them would return to their home countries. If the NYT wanted a non-crooked solution, they could encourage some sort of program that would help the illegal aliens self-deport. Perhaps they could even call on their friends at the Mexican consulate to repatriate their own citizens. Instead:
And until then, the Suffolk County executive, Steve Levy, could also step in, with funds and leadership, to show the rest of Long Island how a community helps all its members, in good times and bad.
The only "help" the NYT is interested in is their own pocketbooks or those of their friends, or of assisting the Democratic Party with obtaining new voters. The only sustainable help would be discouraging illegal immigration rather than doing as the NYT wants and underwriting it.
Miriam Jordan/WSJ: American workers "crowding out" Hispanic immigrants (most illegal aliens) - 12/20/08
Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal offers "U.S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers" (link). The great majority of Americans prefer that, when a job is available, it goes to an American rather than a foreign citizen, whether legal immigrant or illegal alien. However, the brains of neither the profits-at-any-cost types nor many "liberals" aren't wired that way; both groups would gladly take things away from U.S. citizens in order to give them to illegal aliens. Both groups think Americans are too fat and happy; the WSJ types are thinking only of their profits; and, the "liberals" are also thinking of the glow that giving something to a member of the Oppressed will give them.
While the rest of the article contains several data points indicating rising unemployment among immigrants/illegal aliens - with some returning home - the "crowding out" bit occurs here:
For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence is emerging that tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are withdrawing from the labor market as U.S. workers crowd them out of potential jobs. At least some of the foreigners are returning home.
"We see competition from more nonimmigrant workers," says Abel Valenzuela, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who studies day laborers. "Employers are also paying less than in previous years," he says...
A new, apparently unnamed coalition has been formed in Texas to fight state bills designed to reduce illegal immigration. The coalition is using the standard pretext that immigration is a federal responsibility. Of course, they realize that the feds have abrogated their responsibilities; were the feds to enforce the laws, they would push for more local control.
The previous post "PBS's Hypocrisy Revealed: PBS station opposes day-laborer center" discussed WETA's reaction to a day-laborer center that was located near their headquarters in Shirlington in Arlington County, Virginia.
The center is partially paid for by taxpayers, and partially by unnamed foundations. Whether the Rockefeller Foundation is one of those benefactors is unknown. From August 2003:
WETA chief executive officer Sharon Percy Rockefeller attended Tuesday night's board meeting, and was deeply critical of the final decision.
"It would absolutely complicate our lives," said Rockefeller, who noted that the new facility is to be located adjacent to WETA's broadcast center.
Rockefeller predicted that a "pretty hostile environment" would quickly develop between her employees, who now walk between the various facilities, and the day laborers. "I don't want the incidents to happen," she said.
Rockefeller also complained that the location of a day-laborer camp would complicate security around the studios of the "NewsHour," public broadcasting's signature daily news program. High-profile guests begin arriving at the studios shortly after noon each day, Rockefeller said, and would likely be met by the day laborers who did not find work that day.
"She's part of the liberal establishment that created the mess, now she wants to protect elite liberals from it," [Republican-leaning activist Robert Molleur] said. "Liberal hipocrisy at its best..."
The latest report about the center contains more about what happens when "liberals" get "liberalism" fed back to them:
..."I almost hit somebody again yesterday," [Jeff Rathner, a cameraman for WETA but who was only speaking for himself] said. "You have to slow down to turn onto that street, and they'll sprint after any car that comes by."
..."The very first day it was opened, some guy who was obviously drunk ran out in front of my car," Rathner said. "When I stopped, he blurted something at me in Spanish."
..."Trash is left all over the place," he said. "It has become a haven for scavenger birds and the most ungodly amount of bird poop that you'll see all over your car if you happen to park near there. It also brings rats."
..."People from our building will be walking by the job site, and they'll verbally harassed in Spanish," he said. "Of course, some of us can understand it. We know what's being said."
..."Whenever anybody cries foul, they're told this they have some 'not in my backyard' attitude, but that's just not the case," Rathner said.
..."We're working hard here with SEEC to find a solution that is good for the community," said Pat Williamson, director of the station's administration, who declined further comment.
Build a few of those centers in the Capitol area of DC and see how fast the laws and the enforcement of them start changing.