Thursday, October 13, 2005

Illegal, but not criminal

Kudos to the Marin, California, U-Haul dealership for hanging a sign that reads:

'Please do not hire illegal laborers. We have had numerous reports of injuries, thefts and damages to personal belongings. It is a federal crime to employ or pick up illegal day laborers, punishable by a $5,000 fine.'

However, the Marin Independent Journal reports that the sign "has angered and frustrated local workers, who say it's making it harder for them to find a job."

The best quote of the article comes from Tom Wilson, co-executive director of a local assistance group for laborers. "They're painting illegal day workers as criminals, making generalizations about a group of people."

That's right, he called them "illegal day workers" yet blames the sign for labeling them "criminals."

Amazing. Simple amazing.

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