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Judge: Closing Illegals Hiring Site Discriminates

From those lovers of cheap labor at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Judge Says N.Y. Village Discriminated

By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writer

Monday, November 20, 2006

WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a suburban New York village discriminated against Hispanic day laborers when it closed a hiring site and stepped up police patrols on the streets where they looked for work…

The victory is at least the second this year for day laborers in federal court. In May, a federal judge prohibited the city of Redondo Beach, California, from arresting day laborers for violating a local ordinance against soliciting work in public.

Cesar Perales, president of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represented the day laborers, said the decision "means a great deal nationally."

"We’re very pleased. The court found that indeed the Village of Mamaroneck had engaged in intentional discrimination and was motivated by racism," said Perales.

Six immigrant workers — all identified as John Doe for fear of retaliation by police or immigration authorities — had sought an injunction against what they called harassment, selective law enforcement and ethnic discrimination. They said the village violated their right to equal protection.

"Since August 2004, and continuing into this past summer, the defendants have engaged in a campaign designed to drive out the Latino day laborers who gather on the streets of Mamaroneck to seek work," Judge Colleen McMahon wrote in Monday’s ruling. "The fact that the day laborers were Latinos, and not whites, was, at least in part, a motivating factor in defendants’ actions."

After setting up a hiring site on the edge of a park in 2004, the village closed it in February, as the numbers of laborers swelled. Mamaroneck said its resources were being strained and it wanted other municipalities to take some of the load.

Six immigrant workers — all identified as John Doe for fear of retaliation by police or immigration authorities — had sought an injunction against what they called harassment, selective law enforcement and ethnic discrimination. They said the village violated their right to equal protection when they cracked down on the laborers.

The case went to trial this year. Testifying in Spanish, each of the six laborers — all Hispanic and some in the country illegally — asserted that police intimidation, forcing them to move from the sidewalks though they were doing nothing wrong. They also related instances where contractors were harassed and gave up looking for workers.

A man from Guatemala told the judge that one officer "stares at us, from behind dark sunglasses, with one hand on his gun" until the workers move along.

The village argued that it was only enforcing existing laws when it beefed up the police presence in the area around the park and set up traffic checkpoints that inconvenienced the contractors who came looking for temporary workers.

Needless to say this judge, Colleen McMahon, was a Clinton appointee.

We can expect more of the same from the judges coming out of a now Democrat controlled Congress.

Six immigrant workers — all identified as John Doe for fear of retaliation by police or immigration authorities — had sought an injunction against what they called harassment, selective law enforcement and ethnic discrimination.

Apparently this was so important to the AP they had to repeat it twice.

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