Suffolk Leg. Barraga endorses day laborer hiring sites

With the failure of an anti-loitering bill last month, one Suffolk County legislator on Thursday threw his support behind county-sanctioned hiring sites for day laborers. Legislator Thomas Barraga (R-West

News 12 Staff

Apr 6, 2007, 1:37 AM

Updated 6,313 days ago

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With the failure of an anti-loitering bill last month, one Suffolk County legislator on Thursday threw his support behind county-sanctioned hiring sites for day laborers.
Legislator Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip) said communities like Farmingville, where hundreds of day laborers line the streets each day seeking work, would benefit from hiring centers.
"There should be a particular site where [undocumented workers] can go," Barraga said. "At the same time, the people living in the community, alright, don't have to look out and see people roaming the streets every single day."
In addition to a location currently under consideration in the Village of Southampton, Glen Cove, Freeport and Huntington Station have established hiring sites.
Criticism of Barraga's idea came from the top. County Executive Steve Levy (D-Suffolk) said he would not support county-sanctioned hiring sites for day laborers.
"The hiring of illegal aliens by these companies is illegal, and it's simply ridiculous to suggest that government should now pay for and facilitate the hiring of illegal individuals," he said.
Levy said tougher federal immigration oversight and more intense police enforcement at the local level would keep day laborers of the streets.
The anti-loitering bill rejected in March would have made it illegal for individuals to solicit work on county roads.


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