Santa Clarita Day Laborer Crackdown

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Santa Clarita — The city attorney will pursue vigorous enforcement of laws that prohibit hiring day laborers who are illegal immigrants, a hot-button issue in the news that has been seized upon by Councilman Cameron Smyth as he seeks state office.

In response to Smyth’s proposal Tuesday seeking a crackdown on lawbreakers - be they laborers or those who hire them - the attorney will research and submit a confidential report to the Santa Clarita City Council outlining the city’s options. While the laborers will be in the bull’s-eye, the city will be careful not to violate their rights, City Attorney Carl Newton said.

‘Enforcement of those provisions of law will be applied to all persons,’ Newton said. ‘We’re not going to discriminate against persons suspected of violations of loitering or trespassing.’

The report will explore whether the city’s trespassing and anti-loitering ordinances can be ‘more fully’ enforced. It will also explain how city contracts could be amended with a proviso requiring vendors to certify they do not employ undocumented aliens. Spot checks could be performed by the city’s code enforcement officers.

2 Responses to “Santa Clarita Day Laborer Crackdown”

  1. contessa Says:

    As an attorney, there is nothing illegal about passing and enforcing an ordinance that requires all vendors and subcontractors/contractors hired by a municipality to certify that they hire only workers legally eligible to work in the United States and make those contracts immediately subject to cancellation if the vendor is found to have used illegal workers. They might also consider barring any vendors who violate this provision from future contracts with the municipality for a number of years.

  2. Cammy Says:

    I live in Santa Clarita, and have seen the problems with day laborers. It’s not just an issue of having them stand on the corner, but most of them have moved into my (once nice) neighborhood. Out of the twelve houses on my block, four of them have 30+ people packed into their homes. These are not “aunts” or “uncles”, but people who pay money to be packed in like sardines. In the meantime, the owners of these homes (fellow Mexicans who may/may not live in the home) are making tons of money under the table. Who suffers? Those of us forced to live next door to them. There have been stabbings, children molested, there’s prostitution going on in one home, and the neighborhood as gone to pot. In addition there are the logistics involved in quadrupling the density of people in one tiny cul-de-sac–there’s no parking, there’s constant traffic, strange people coming and going, and a definite sense of “there are more of us than you, and we can do whatever we want to, because the city won’t”. It’s frustrating that they are illegal, don’t pay taxes, and (in most cases) live on welfare (fact, not assumption) in addition to working for cash. I, as a legal law-abiding tax paying citizen, have fewer rights and less say so in my government than they do. Can someone PLEASE tell me why/how that is??????????

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