UPDATE 9/17: Laborers Face First Days Without Herndon Center

Updated 9/17
This article from Saturday's Metro section and this one from Sunday's look at the new realities facing the workers seeking day labor jobs in Herndon now that the town's official workers' center is closed.

Updated 9/13
From today's Metro section:

After Herndon's hiring center for day laborers closes tomorrow, workers will begin soliciting employers for jobs on the sidewalk near Alabama Drive Park, an activist group announced yesterday.

The workers are planning to hold a march at 10 a.m. tomorrow from the center to the park to draw employers' attention to the informal new job site, said Marco Amador, education and outreach coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. He said workers will begin gathering there Saturday morning.
The workers also wanted "to show their disagreement with the closing of the center," Amador said. Town officials voted last week to shut down the center rather than open it to illegal immigrants.
-- Sandhya Somashekhar

Updated 9/7
According to this story from today's Metro section, it was the Constitution's requirement that all people living in the U.S. be given equal protection under the law and the complications it presents that prompted the decision to shutter the center.

Updated 9/6
The town made the announcement yesterday. Read about it in this article from the front page of this morning's Washington Post.

Updated 8/30
A Circuit Court judge has ruled that the ordinance does in fact violate First Amendment rights to free speech. The latest developments are here.

Originally posted 3/22
According to this article from today's Metro section, a District Court judge has ruled that the Town of Herndon is not violating First Amendment rights to free speech by enforcing an ordinance which prevents motorists from hiring laborers on the town's streets.

By Focus on Fairfax |  September 17, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Immigration
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