Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council discovered that it actually likes the taste of the illegal alien Kool-Aid. The council adopted an ordinance requiring home improvement stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot to actually furnish accommodations for day laborers – you know, that organization of mostly illegal aliens who typically congregate in the parking lots of the aforementioned stores circling like vultures hoping that some rich white schlub will take pity on at least one of them, let them follow him home and do whatever project needs to be done. Yeah, those guys.
Right now the ordinance applies only to proposed “big box” stores – the ones that haven’t been built yet but are planned to be built. Councilman and former L.A. Police Chief Bernard Parks is behind this atrocity and told The Los Angeles Times that this is phase one of a multi-phase proposal. The next phase is to coerce existing stores into compliance. The ordinance requires proposed stores to obtain a conditional-use permit. This permit would require the company to construct day-labor shelters on site that would include amenities such as drinking water, bathrooms and trash cans. Parks says that he wants home improvement centers like Lowe’s and Home Depot to be held accountable for their role in drawing day laborers into Los Angeles – as if it is the stores’ fault that illegal aliens congregate outside the stores looking to find work that doesn’t require them to pay taxes.
Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher told The Los Angeles Times that the company strongly disagrees and is very disappointed with the L.A. council's vote. "This is a broader social issue that goes beyond Home Depot,” Gallagher said, “ and the solution is certainly more complicated than placing mandates on businesses." Gallagher also said that Home Depot and even Lowe’s shouldn't be solely responsible for addressing the challenges presented by day laborers.
Minuteman Project president Marvin Stewart agreed that the ordinance was a direct assault on the city’s responsibility at upholding the law and that it was another example of how Los Angeles offers sanctuary to illegal aliens.
On the offensive, Pablo Alvarado of the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network said, "We welcome it. We need it. The workers deserve it." Councilman Eric Garcetti echoed the sentiment saying, "This is an important day. This is an example for the nation." The vote to pass the ordinance received a standing ovation from day laborers in the chamber who were attending the meeting.
There is, however, one major problem with the ordinance. By his own admission, Abel Valenzuela of UCLA claims to have studied the day laborer market and told the Times that the city was right to pass the law because the current faltering economy will draw more and more day laborers to the stores. Valenzuela, in a back-handed way has underscored the sanctuary city policy of Los Angeles and issued an indictment on its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, whose refusal to enforce or assist with enforcement of immigration law in the city of Los Angeles has been the real cause of the day laborer problem – not the presence of home improvement stores. On more than one occasion this reporter has exposed Mayor Villaraigosa as being more than just kind to illegal aliens – he allows them to walk the streets of Los Angeles with impunity when they should be locked up and deported.
Now just to be clear, not all day laborers are illegal aliens. Some may very well be down on their luck, hard working men who are trying to find extra work that will help them get by until a regular paycheck comes along. There is no intent to diminish those honest, upstanding individuals. However, it cannot be ignored that the majority of day laborers in the Los Angeles area are illegal aliens who are looking for work and have no intention of ever becoming honest contributors to American society. And while it is not illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor or worker, the State of California established a licensing system for contractors in an effort to protect unwitting home owners from being exploited or worse. In effect, the Los Angeles day laborer ordinance further circumvents the licensing system placing home owners at a higher risk of being harmed in some way by hiring cheap, unskilled, unlicensed labor for a job. One additional risk is that there is no means of ensuring that a day laborer isn’t really a thief looking for a mark. At least with a licensed contractor, a home owner has the added protection of being able to research a contractor via his or her license and determine if it is wise to conduct business with him or her.
The City of Los Angeles is under siege and the City Council has just taken up arms against the honest, hard working citizens of the city. By passing this ordinance, the council has placed its stamp of approval on Mayor Villaraigosa’s sanctuary city policy thus ensuring that more illegal aliens will have a place to live, work and in some cases commit felonies without fear of reprisal from the law. Simply put, illegal aliens are leeches. They take the money they earn and they pay no taxes to contribute to the liberal entitlement programs from which they leech. They effectively steal money and services from America a country to which they owe no allegiance nor do they ever intend or care to. To them America is a free ride to be taken as long as possible.