Day Laborers (Illegals) Sue Mamaroneck Police

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Day Laborers Sue Mamaroneck Police

Workers No Longer To Be Asked About Immigration Status


(CBS/AP) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Day laborers who successfully sued a Westchester village have won a tentative agreement that prohibits police officers from routinely asking their immigration status or otherwise discriminating against them, their lawyers said Monday.

In addition, the village must pay more than half a million dollars of the workers' legal fees, they said.

The agreement must be ratified by the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees, which was to meet Monday night, and signed by federal Judge Colleen McMahon.

Village attorney Lino Sciaretta confirmed that an agreement had been reached but said he could not comment on it before the village voted.

Because it would be a federal court-approved settlement, the agreement could influence the treatment of day laborers elsewhere around the country, where they have become an increasingly visible symbol of the immigration issue.

McMahon ruled in November that the village, which is 23 miles north of New York City, discriminated against Hispanic day laborers when it closed a hiring site, forcing the workers onto the streets, and then stepped up street patrols.

"Since August 2004, and continuing into this past summer, the defendants have engaged in a campaign designed to drive out the Latino day laborers who gather on the streets of Mamaroneck to seek work," the judge said. "The fact that the day laborers were Latinos, and not whites, was, at least in part, a motivating factor in defendants' actions."

While finding the village liable, McMahon did not immediately impose a penalty, instead ordering the two sides to come up with recommendations in 10 days.

That was seven months ago, and the two sides have been meeting on-and-off since then, repeatedly winning extensions from the judge. The current deadline is June 20.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represented the six Hispanic immigrant plaintiffs, said the agreement includes "specific prohibitions on police misconduct and discriminatory behavior towards day laborers, including a prohibition against routine police inquiry into the immigration status of day laborers."

It said a monitor, to be appointed by the judge, would ensure that the village complies. And it said the plaintiffs' lawyers would receive $550,000 from the village.

The laborers' lawyer, Alan Levine, said the workers "have sought from the village nothing more than to be left alone and be allowed to seek work. As a result of this agreement and Judge McMahon's forceful decision last November, they will be assured of that opportunity in the future. It is sad that it took a lengthy and costly lawsuit to establish such a fundamental right in Mamaroneck."

A call to Mayor Philip Trifiletti, a defendant in the lawsuit, was not immediately returned. Another defendant, police Commissioner Edward Flynn, was on vacation, his office said.

Not part of the agreement, but possibly a key element in reaching it, was the announcement last week by the Hispanic Resource Center that a new hiring site for day laborers is to open Tuesday in Mamaroneck on private property.

The village had set up a hiring site on the edge of a park in 2004, but closed it in February 2006, unhappy at the swelling numbers of laborers. Mamaroneck said its resources were being strained and it wanted other municipalities to take some of the load.

The number of workers went down and those who stayed took to the streets; the village put them and the contractors who came to hire them under increased scrutiny, launching what the judge found to be a campaign of harassment and ticketing.

Six Hispanic immigrant workers -- all identified as John Doe for fear of retaliation by immigration authorities -- took the village to court last September. They requested an injunction against what they called selective law enforcement and ethnic discrimination.

They said the village's crackdown violated the laborers' right to equal protection.

Testifying in Spanish, the laborers claimed that police intimidation forced them to move from the sidewalks though they were doing nothing wrong.

A man from Guatemala told the judge that one officer "stares at us, from behind dark sunglasses, with one hand on his gun" until the workers move along.

The village argued that it was only enforcing existing laws when it beefed up the police presence in the area around the park and set up traffic checkpoints that inconvenienced the contractors who came looking for temporary workers.
 
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Testifying in Spanish, the laborers claimed that police intimidation forced them to move from the sidewalks though they were doing nothing wrong.
This sentence sums up my frustration with the immigration issue. From the day laborer to the President they can't seem to grasp that being here illegally is a crime. We don't need new legislation, just enforce the current laws you motherfuckers.
 

HummerTuesdays

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This sentence sums up my frustration with the immigration issue. From the day laborer to the President they can't seem to grasp that being here illegally is a crime. We don't need new legislation, just enforce the current laws you motherfuckers.
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Teddy

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i thought you had to be a citizen to use our court systems
 
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i thought you had to be a citizen to use our court systems
No apparently, you don't need to pay into the system to get the benefits a paying person would get.

Time to go on welfare!
 
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This is the type of shit that makes me want to smash a whiskey bottle full of rubbing alcohol across some weed wacking wetback's face. Unbelievable that they are allowed to use our own legal system against us without ever having been acknowledged as a welcome part of our country.

The police were just doing their jobs, and I'm sure the good people of Mamaroneck just didn't appreciate the Rodriguez brothers sitting on street corners waiting for the next pickup truck to pass by.
 

Sunsetspawn

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I'm sure the good people of Mamaroneck just didn't appreciate the Rodriguez brothers sitting on street corners waiting for the next pickup truck to pass by.
I don't know about that. Mamaroneck is so liberal that it makes my skin crawl, and I wet the bed every night.

I would think the people of Mamaroneck would be more upset that the Rodriguez children are going to the schools for free. The town is very affluent, and the taxes that have resulted from such affluence have made the Mamaroneck school system one of the best in the country.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/education/challenge/2006/challengeindex02.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/02/AR2006050200567.html

I know a laywer that, when she got a job in NYC, moved to Mamaroneck specifically for the school system.

Shit, my high school sucked ass, and I'm a born US citizen

But I do have mixed feelings on the subject. A good friend of mine was dragged here illegally by his parents when he was 11 and he didn't speak a word of english. They kicked him out of the house at 16 (what's he gonna do, tell the cops?). But through much trial and tribulation he's now a tax paying airline pilot with perfect english. In fact, he flies American Airlines, so I'm sure some of you have been on a plane he piloted with no idea he was hispanic, unless you saw him.
 

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But I do have mixed feelings on the subject. A good friend of mine was dragged here illegally by his parents when he was 11 and he didn't speak a word of english. They kicked him out of the house at 16 (what's he gonna do, tell the cops?). But through much trial and tribulation he's now a tax paying airline pilot with perfect english. In fact, he flies American Airlines, so I'm sure some of you have been on a plane he piloted with no idea he was hispanic, unless you saw him.
This is a story that I have no problem with. I assume he became a legal citizen (or at least now has the proper documentation). He assimilated himself in to the American culture (speaks perfect english) and is a tax payer. It's those that come here, work off the books, use our hospitals & school systems without paying a dime, drive without a license or insurance, etc. And all the while they tell us how great (insert latin american country here) is, because that's where they're from.
 
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For all you Westchester folks....Mamaroneck which is a pretty nice area is turning into Port Chester. Port Chester is infested with illegal immigrants. Mt Kisco is also becoming a haven...
 

Sunsetspawn

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This is a story that I have no problem with. I assume he became a legal citizen (or at least now has the proper documentation). He assimilated himself in to the American culture (speaks perfect english) and is a tax payer. It's those that come here, work off the books, use our hospitals & school systems without paying a dime, drive without a license or insurance, etc. And all the while they tell us how great (insert latin american country here) is, because that's where they're from.
Yeah, he's a good boy. He loves the USA and being a part of it. He's actually happy to pay his taxes. He even paid income taxes before he was legal under his brother's SS#.
He doesn't like hispanics that won't assimilate, and gets really annoyed at hispanics (even legals) that teach their children spanish first.
He also won't watch soccer, and instead loves him some American football.
 

Bill

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i thought you had to be a citizen to use our court systems
I didn't think that you needed to be a citizen. But thought that you needed to be here legally. Apparently this has not been true since 1868, when the 14th Amendment was passed. In part, it says:

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Note: text bolded by me
 

Schmed

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For all you Westchester folks....Mamaroneck which is a pretty nice area is turning into Port Chester. Port Chester is infested with illegal immigrants. Mt Kisco is also becoming a haven...
As is most of Long Island, Larkfield Rd. In East Northport is becoming like Rt. 110 in Huntington Station.
 

Schmed

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I didn't think that you needed to be a citizen. But thought that you needed to be here legally. Apparently this has not been true since 1868, when the 14th Amendment was passed. In part, it says:



Note: text bolded by me
Are you the same person that posted this exact text in today's Newsday ?
 

Bunny™

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I wonder how much of that $$$ will be taxed.... oh thats right. none of it. illegals don't pay taxes.
At least when the Race War comes, the battlefields will be nicely landscaped.
 

Schmed

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I have no idea who came up with this 12 million number, I would say there is around 25-30 million illegals in this country. It seems there are 12 million on Long Island alone. Did anyone notice that since we have this infestation of illegals, a lot of old, already eradicated diseases are making a comeback, such as TB, "Bedbugs", and other bacterial infections (that are now drug resistant).

Keeps the gates open you assholes, you are going to kill us all.
 
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