. Day laborers load up
Like another diarist here on Red State, I have a great affinity for Hispanics, the people and the food. In fact, I married a Hispanic woman forty years ago. Her mother came legally to the good old U.S.A. way back whenever. Thank goodness for that. You could say I was an early adaptor of diversity.
Mrs. texasgalt has turned out to be a conservative . She has low, make that no tolerance for those who enter this country illegally. We both want the border secured. We also have an issue with “day labor” sites, especially the ones sponsored or encouraged by government. These exist almost exclusively for the comfort and benefit of people who shouldn’t even be here in this country. Well, ok, a lot of contractors and landscapers think they are pretty convenient.
In our neck of the woods, the city built a nice pavillion for “day workers” where they gather waiting for their chance to hop into the next van headed to a construction site. While they wait they can take advantage of restrooms, water fountains and a covered area to get out of the sun.
The city of Denton, TX maintains the site at a cost of about $3,400 yearly. Denton County votes about 3-1 Republican, but a lot of progressive professors from Denton’s two universities have a lot of say in city politics. While there have been complaints about making it easy for illegals, the site remains in use although the downturn in the economy has reduced the number of people hanging out there most mornings from 40 to about 15.
In places crazier than Texas, local governments expect the giant retailer Home Depot to provide a day labor gathering site with shelter on their parking lots. Los Angeles is one such city. Of course the NY Times has editorialized in favor of Los Angeles’ “humanitarian” proposal. Just another entitlement . . .
As reported by AP, it gets even nuttier:
Mountain View (California) is considering a proposal to require Home Depot to pay $250,000 toward a permanent day labor center and to establish an educational outreach program for workers and contractors before building a store there. The city of Burbank required the company to build a similar hiring center at its store that opened last year and to provide the city with $94,000 to cover the costs of additional services.
Macias said local governments impose requirements on developers all the time based on specific, case-by-case needs.
Since we can not get the federal government to secure our border, why should it be surprising for local governments to require private companies to provide a shelter for “day workers”? This is just another way of holding border enforcement hostage to amnesty.
I am not simpatico with amnesty. It is an upside down world when government builds day worker shelters for illegals who wouldn’t be here if the government would perform its legitimate duty to build a real fence to secure the border with Mexico.