So Tommy Potter want to build a "day labor site" which will be used by mostly illegal aliens. Apparently places such as Labor Ready aren't good enough for the city of Portland.
Labor Ready makes sure that workers are paid, makes sure that workers have the proper liability insurance, makes sure that the proper taxes get taken out of paychecks, make sure employees get drug screened and makes sure that employees fill out an I-9 form that says you are legally in the country and eligible to work.
But instead Tommy wants to institutionalize a practice of anonymous people picking up anonymous workers. That guy framing a house? Never drug tested. The guy who hurt his back moving rocks? No workers comp. The old lady who wants to barkdust raked in her yard and picks up a worker who has been twice convicted of rape? It boggles the mind.
The public hearing on this proposed site is today. Here is the OFIR info:
OFIR Members and supporters:
Wednesday, August 1, at 5:00 p.m. there will be a hearing at Portland City Hall regarding the proposed day labor site. It will be held on the 2d floor in the Lovejoy Room. It is a special meeting only on the day labor issue. The name of the committee in charge is the Hire Site Working Group.
The address of the Portland City Hall is 1221 SW 4th.
Of course, this put the indymedia boys in a tizzy who responded with this post.
There are no illegal men, women or children. Poverty, lack of health care, lack of job security, lack of prioritizing funding for children, privatization, neo-liberal economic polices, white supremacy and patriarchy...all of these things perpetuated by U.S. capitalist and imperialist policies are the real crimes.
I'm having some trouble finding the exact statute on the "lack of health care" crime (is it a felony?) so if one of you good libs can link it I would appreciate it. Or any of those other "crimes."
In contradistinction, I have a list of all the crimes that the "good" illegal aliens commit just by being here and working. NOTE: these are actual crimes, not things that I made up to post on Indymedia.
And finally, here is the response on OFIR member got from the mayor's office:
We are admitting to creating a hire site for day laborers, which is not synonymous with "illegal alien"; therefore, you are incorrect in presuming that we are admitting to assisting illegal aliens. It is true that many of those seeking day labor may be in this country. But, given ORS 181.850 and the policies of this City, that is immaterial. We cannot arrest any person based on alienage.
The supporting documentation does not, in no way that I can perceive, invalidate ORS 181.850. If anything, it substantiates that local municipalities will not enforce civil immigration law.
I find your prejudice that those here illegally are "breaking numerous other laws" without merit and, frankly, disturbing.
Jeremy Van Keuren
Office of Mayor Tom Potter
By "without merit" he means "if I shut my eyes real tight and don't read Daniel's blog post on all the laws that the illegal aliens commit just by being here and working then it's ok."