Court OKs California City's Day Laborer Crackdown

June 9, 2010 - 2:45 PM
A federal appeals court says the California city of Redondo Beach can enforce a local ordinance prohibiting job solicitation and arrest day laborers.
San Francisco (AP) - A federal appeals court says the California city of Redondo Beach can enforce a local ordinance prohibiting job solicitation and arrest day laborers.
 
A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower-court decision.
 
The appeals court says the city's ordinance, modeled after a Phoenix law upheld by the same court, was a reasonable response to traffic problems that officials said day laborers, soliciting work, caused at two city intersections.
 
Redondo Beach's law was enacted in the 1980s but not enforced until 2004, when 60 day laborers were arrested in stings by undercover police posing as people seeking to hire workers.
 
Judge Kim Wardlaw dissented from the 2-1 majority, writing that the ordinance violated the laborers' free speech rights.