Herndon Takes Ball, Goes Home

Instead of complying with a judge’s order to make their controversial day-laborer center open to all who might need employ, the town is shuttering the center on the 14th. That’s right, soon, all those workers who were no longer hanging out in the parking lot of the 7-11, making a general wreck of the place, will be back at that same parking lot.

Closing the center does nothing to stop the underlying issue in all of this, it won’t lead to more arrests and deportations for illegal immigration, it won’t stop businesses from needing construction labor on a day-to-day basis, and it certainly does nothing for the town of Herndon itself.

The whole thing just pisses me off, honestly. Instead of coming to an amicable compromise, the city is doing the equivalent of gathering up its marbles, and shouting at the top of their lungs on the playground that you’re a cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater, and they’re taking their marbles and going HOME, dammit.

Who wins? No one. Who loses? Everyone. I fear that this is symbolic of the coming political campaigns from all the various camps running candidates for various offices, and that in search of total victory for one side, we will all end up losing in the long run.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mary De Luca (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    The business that was funding the center refused to check the immigration status of the people who would come there. Then the town refused to take over the funding. So it’s not just the town. The local businesses were trying to keep it open but the local gov’t tried to make a business a law enforcement agency. This isn’t over in Herndon. Everyone wants cheap day labor but not in their neighborhood.

    Between Herndon and Manassas and all the other little towns- Virginia doesn’t seem to come as far as it likes to think.
    But here in Arlington- which doesn’t get reported in the media-solved their problem years ago. They built- with our tax dollars- a little outdoor area near the weenie beanie for day-laborers to stay during the day- taking them off the corner of the bike path in Shirlington.

    No one complained, no one reported it- it solved the problem and day-laborers have a place to stay during the day that’s not a street corner.


  2. shirlington va (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    unfortunately the solution in Arlington was not much a solution at all to those who spend a lot of their time in this area. maybe many of the day laborers stay in the outdoor area/pen, however there are just as many who do not. and instead insist upon trying to get a jump start on those in the assigned area by spreading out throughout the few blocks. driving through, my car is regularly approached if i even slow down or make any accidental eye contact. and that doesnt include when i’m walking by. as a young woman it is incredibly uncomfortable to be cat-called when i’m just trying to do my job and get by.
    so maybe ideally it was supposed to solve the problem, but in my book it only made it much worse.


  3. Mary De Luca (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    It was alot better than it use to be. I’ve lived in the area for 15 years.

    And I think I stand corrected by what I said this morning about the funding. The news reports have changed the story- so who knows what happened.



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