Day laborers in one California city are suing city officials for passing an ordinance prohibiting their standing around trying to get work, an Associated Press story said.
They say their free speech rights are being violated.
So, while I can’t begrudge anyone’s desire to find gainful employment, the fact of the matter is, free speech and other constitutional rights, are for American citizens, and the story notes that most of these loiterers are illegally in the county. They are therefore not technically entitled to any of our American-specific rights or privileges.
They are entitled to the human rights to which all human beings are entitled – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – but not to the special rights designed by America’s founders for American citizens.
That they mostly get those rights anyway because they live here is beside the point.
They have no right to demand them or anything else and I, for one, resent that they do.
They’re illegally in the country. They’re not supposed to be here. And it seems to me to be the height of chutzpah to demand anything from someone from whom you are already illegally mooching.
According to the A.P. story, the suit against Costa Mesa is the latest in a string of similar litigation by day labor advocates against cities statewide that limit these people’s “right” to solicit work on street corners.
“Our core constitutional principals of equality and freedom demand that a day laborer enjoy the same right to free expression as a political activist or a member of a charitable group,” one advocate said.
No, they don’t.
Our core constitutional principals, while desirable for everyone everywhere, are only guaranteed to Americans. They are not guaranteed to uninvited guests.
My family members enjoy certain privileges in my house that visitors don’t have, and uninvited guests, if tolerated at all, certainly aren’t entitled to them. And were they to demand them, or anything else, I’m fairly certain they would not be guests for very long, and that I’d have the legal right to make them leave if I wanted to.
Costa Mesa passed their ordinance in 2005, shut down a labor center where workers once gathered and partnered with federal agents to step up immigration enforcement, according to the story.
Officials there say they took these steps after getting complaints from residents about lots of these day laborers loitering, making noise and being disruptive, the story says.
The city and its legal residents have rights, too, and they trump those of the uninvited guests, in my opinion.
The story says that because of the recession more American citizens are joining the ranks of those hanging out hoping to be hired, and you know what? Those people do have the right to stand there and do that, as far as I’m concerned.
It’s not the act of trying to get work that’s the problem. And it’s not the ethnicity of the people trying to get hired.
It’s the nerve of people to whom our rights and privileges do not apply demanding them despite having broken our laws to get here, that’s the problem.
But having identified the problem — at least from my perspective – I have no idea how to solve it, or how we achieve an answer without becoming a nation of Nazi storm troopers.
Sorry. I can’t do all the work for you.
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