Monday, August 06, 2007

Should a city be spending $200,000 on (or even being involved with) a centralized day labor site?

Portland Tribune--

Thomas Fitton, president of a legal watchdog group, Judicial Watch, placed Portland's mayor Tom Potter on notice in a faxed letter to Potter advising "serious legal concerns" with using taxpayer money to support day laborers most of whom are undocumented according to a 2006 UCLA and University of Illinois's study, which found that 75% of a sample surveyed of 2260 day laborers across the country were undocumented.
" “By establishing and operating the proposed day laborer site, the city will likely be violating federal law,” Fitton writes. "

A spokesman for Tom Potter, says they have received the letter and that "the mayor and the council have a different opinion and continue to move forward on it."

The city Council voted unanimously to approve the funds for the project, using it as a way to help the entire community amid concerns such as loitering around businesses, littering and traffic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't afford to pay for the infrastucture of the city or education or police, but we can add another expense to the budget? Add an expense that will never return a dime but will cost millions of the years. Will inevitably be shut down due to crime and abuse. Then after the vandals have had their way, we will have to remove the structure.
Then there are the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the lawsuites contesting the legality of this decision. Tommy needs to pull his head out and leave the city.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1116

Tom Potter has 70% approval by Portland residents.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Let's see....we can't do anything about illegals because it is the jurisdiction of the Feds BUT are we required to accomodate them? I believe THAT might be within State jurisdiction. It is in the Constitution that anyone who is a citizen of a State IS NOT, and I repeat IS NOT, a citizen of the U.S. which to me says that they have no rights. So, why is Congress giving them rights. RIGHTS ARE FOR CITIZENS - LEGAL ONES!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

More recent poll:
The poll found that 52 percent of city residents have a positive view of the job Potter is doing, compared with just 22 percent who have a negative view and 26 percent who are neutral.

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the mention of Tom Potter's approval rating. Remember GW had a high approval rating, too. HAD is the opperative word.

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