April 28, 2006

Put this in the "I can't believe my eyes file"

Illegal immigrants sue N.Y. village for right to solicit work [surprised they got the 'illegal' part right]:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Six illegal immigrant day laborers sued a Westchester village in federal court Thursday, claiming they were being harassed by the police to keep them from soliciting work in public places. The workers claimed that new Mamaroneck village regulations and the selective enforcement of them were infringing on their right to free speech. They said it was unconstitutional to keep them from speaking with contractors who drive by to hire manual labor for repairing and landscaping area homes.

The plaintiffs all used the name John Doe because they are illegal immigrants, said John Garcia, a spokesman for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represents them.

Police abuse? Pigs on a power trip?

Three months ago, the village, which is 23 miles north of New York City, closed a parking lot area near Columbus Park that had been designated since 2004 as a day laborer pickup spot. Mayor Philip Trifiletti, who is named as a defendant, said Thursday that the area had attracted workers from far beyond Mamaroneck and as numbers reached 200 workers a day there were incidents of fighting, drug use and harassment of women.

Yes, you read it correctly. A lawsuit has been filed by illegal immigrants against the police and Mayor because their freedom of speech rights have been violated because they weren't able to illegally contract on a street corner.


Blogger Craig H said...

You're right Demo...UNBELIEVABLE.

Sat Apr 29, 01:23:00 AM  

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