What Do YOU Think About Orange’s New Laws on Day Laborers?

“I’m glad they passed it, but I wish they were more strict about it,” said Edgar Luebben-Rivera, an Orange contractor who testified that day laborers have affected his ability to find work. “It’s a small slap on somebody’s hand.”

Remember when I told you last month about the City of Orange considering new ordinances to crack down on immigrant day laborers? Well, guess what? The Orange City Council approved the ordinances last night.

Yesterday, the Orange City Council approved the ordinances that will prohibit solicitation on sidewalks next to streets without parking lanes; on private property without the owner’s written permission; and while a solicitor is stopped or standing in a traffic lane, median or driveway apron on a public right of way. Oh yes, and private property owners who want to run job centers for laborers will now have to get a conditional-use permit through the Orange Planning Commission. The fine for violators will be up to $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1,000 and jail time for the third. Yowzer, that’s tough! Mr. Leuben-Rivera may think of this as only “a slap on the wrist”, but these new ordinances look quite punitive to me.

OK, so what do you think about Orange’s newly enacted ordinances cracking down on day laborers? Is the City of Orange doing the right thing to clean up the city? Or is the city going too far in violating the free speech right of these day laborers to solicit work? Will these ordinances bring some law & order back to Orange? Or are they too cumbersome and unenforcable?

I want to hear what you have to say about Orange’s new laws on day labor. Is Orange doing the right thing? Go ahead and have your say.

  1 comment for “What Do YOU Think About Orange’s New Laws on Day Laborers?

  1. d'Anconia
    December 12, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    “Or is the city going too far in violating the free speech right of these day laborers to solicit work?”

    Let me get this right. Soliciting work that they are not legally allowed to do is now a freedom of SPEECH issue?

    I think you’ve been chugging the kool-aid pretty hard lately Andrew.

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