City ordinance on day laborers soliciting work is constitutional: appeals court
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.