Religious leaders say Suffolk worker bill is anti-Latino

Religious leaders from across Long Island rallied in Smithtown Wednesday against a county bill they say will fuel discrimination against the Latino community. The Suffolk County bill would require home

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2008, 11:39 PM

Updated 5,924 days ago

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Religious leaders from across Long Island rallied in Smithtown Wednesday against a county bill they say will fuel discrimination against the Latino community.
The Suffolk County bill would require home contractors to verify their employees? legal status and pay taxes on them or risk losing their licenses.
Nadia Marin-Molina, of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, says if the bill passes, contractors might be inclined to hire fewer Latinos for fear they may get into legal trouble. She says this would impact both undocumented and documented workers.
The bill's sponsor, freshman Leg. Brian Beedenbender (D-Centereach), says the only group targeted would be those involved in the underground economy.
The bill is scheduled for a vote by the full Legislature on April 29.
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