Follow Up About Day Labor

Yesterday the Herndon Town Council approved a Day Laborer site run by a grant from Fairfax County to the tune of $170,000 and administered by Project Hope and Harmony out of a former police station. This stirred up a bunch of controversy when Wayan wrote about it earlier in the month.

Friend of DC Metblogs Marisa Martineau is quoted in the WTOP article:

“We do not support illegal immigration,” said Maria Martineau of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia. “Rather, we favor eradication of societal structures that create a permanent underclass.

This is going to be an interesting project to watch. If it works, better for the area. If it fails, however, are we going to see further crackdown on day-labor gathering places?

5 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 11:00 am

    Tsk, Tom. Didn’t Wayan make it clear to you last time that these projects never fail and are free of any and all problems? Clearly you’re just a white snob who wants his cheap labor without any unsightly messicans. Hater.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    Hey, I’m not saying it’s perfect, Don :)

    I’m just saying it passed, and I wanted to pass along my friend Marisa’s comments from the article. You live out there, what’s your take on all this? We’ll be glad to post it as a guestblog entry.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 3:33 pm

    And Don, you think that folks will not imporve when they are elevated from a 7-11 parking lot, devoid of organization or even bathrooms, to a structured site with facilites. I say they will, noticably. Still, you’re right, it will not be free of problems, nothing is, not even your neighbourhood or mine, or we wouldn’t need rules, police, or government.


  4. Don (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 7:41 pm

    You are way too easy to bait, Wayan.

    My initial reacion is to say I don’t feel like I have enough information to write intelligently about it beyond twisting Wayan’s internet-nipple in the comments. It’s such a complicated issue, treading on economic realities, local politics, national immigration policies and it prods people in their NIMBY, prejudice and empathy impulses. But I’ll mull it over and email you if something comes to me.

  5. wayan (unregistered) on August 20th, 2005 @ 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the nipple tweak Don, how did you know I’m kinky like that? Reading my Glamour Magazine interview are you?

    No matter, it seems that for once, the Wash Post agrees with me. Nice to be validated by the mainstream press now and again.

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