Ã‚â€œI want to make it clear that we aren’t condoning the solicitation of work,Ã‚â€ Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche said. Ã‚â€œBecause of federal laws, our hands are tied and we are looking to ways to solve the problems caused by these large groups of men gathering on our streets. Since our federal government can’t do their job, we at the local level are left with finding solutions to the effects of that.Ã‚â€Ã‚Â
This is what I saw in The Register this morning as I was intrigued by the headline about Orange rethinking its policy on day laborers. Apparently, some employers in Orange are complaining about day laborers loitering on their property and “scaring away customers”. Oh yes, and there’s always that looming concern over undocumented immigrants seeking day labor jobs in Orange.
OK, so what will the City of Orange do about day laborers? Orange’s city attorney has recommended that the city keep open its Resource Center (where day laborers can find jobs), but require workers using the center to have ID consistent with federal law. Also, the city attorney recommends charging employers who use the Resource Center a small fee to fund its operation, requiring both laborers and employers who allow them to congregate to obtain and display a permit, publicizing the city’s new enforcement efforts, and allowing first-time offenders to have citations dismissed if they obtain a permit at the time of their arraignments. Now is this fair?
What do YOU think about the City of Orange’s new plan to deal with day laborers? Is this a fair plan to regulate these workers? Or is this an unfair plan to drive undocumented workers further underground? Will this plan inject a little law and order into the world of day labor? Or will this just drive undocumented workers further underground and put them at risk of being exploited by abusive employers?
Go ahead and have your say.