Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall
This page is for historial purposes only because the Lake Worth Illegal Hiring Hall will close on December 31, 2010 as far as being a tax-payer supported facility.
Audio of September 2, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting (from 1:02 to 4:39) (Expired link)
Audio of January 15, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting (from 2:53 to 4:14) (Expired link)
Lease approved 3-2 for Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall in Lake Worth
The following report may be a bit long but please take the time to read this as this report shows the absolute indifference to the rule of law and the scary future we face. This issue is so much more than just Lake Worth.
On September 2, 2008 the Lake Worth City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of approving a lease with The Mentoring Center, Inc. to operate a 'Resource Center' in order to clear the streets of job seekers. Typically, about 80% are illegal aliens. Voting For, was Mayor Clemens and Commissioners Jennings and Golden. Voting Against was Commissioners Lowe and Vespo.
The meeting was heated and people greatly overflowed the small chamber room. The proponents were plentiful, well organized and held up small signs. Opponents were plentiful, spoke well to the issue and made a good showing. A special thanks to the Jupiter folks who told their horror stories and to several folks who drove from Florida's West coast.
During public comments the pro-center side unleashed one of the most despicable name-calling attacks ever witnessed by FLIMEN VP Caulkett. There was a continuous volley of "Hitler, Germany, racist, xenophobe and anti-immigrant" name-calling toward those who oppose the center. The Catholic nun from Jupiter El Sol spoke. A Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) spokesperson stated the center is supported by the PBCC. The local ACLU (Anti-American Civil Liberties) representative drew loud boos. The ACLU stated that it would be unconstitutional for Lake Worth to have an anti-solicitation ordinance and not have an alternative means to garner employment. FLIMEN is investigating this claim. The children of the ACLU representative, about 8 and 10 years old, spoke of the need to take care of immigrants.
Someone from West Palm Beach spoke for the need of a center there. As previously reported by FLIMEN, the City of West Palm Beach (WPB) has already sponsored a meeting to discuss opening a center in WPB. Activists there should monitor and oppose any anti-solicitation ordinance which is the first step toward opening a center.
There was no response whatsoever from the pro-center side about the illegality of the center.
After public comments, Lisa Brown, COO of The Mentoring Center, Inc., gave a long presentation on the services to be provided. She indicated that some funding will be provided by Office Depot. Their partners are PBCC, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Catholic Diocese of Greater Palm Beach and others. Computers will be donated by the Palm Beach County School District. The list of services was astounding and includes; FCAT preparation, language training, health education, financial literacy, citizenship training, immigration legal services, and computer skills training. She stated a typical day for a day laborer would be:
Ms. Brown concluded her presentation by stating the center will make "more productive citizens" so it is clear that their goal is to provide a path to citizenship, a defacto amnesty.
During commission discussion both Commissioners Lowe and Vespo stated that they did not oppose the concept of a center hall but had serious problems with the lease and location. Commissioner Lowe complained that the lease was handled "by the committee" and deserved greater discussion. She complained that the city has given away too many public properties, especially those intended for seniors. She stated that the center will be duplicating existing services and that this is not the right time in light of the city having not finished the budget and having to cut 47 jobs. She said she "hears the good things" but is a "doubting Thomas." Commissioner Lowe noted that many day laborers arrive in Lake Worth on buses from Boynton Beach and Lantana and they would not be eligible to be at the hall. She further stated that policing of the area "did not work" for the last five years so "this is not the solution."
Commissioner Vespo brought up the issue of costs and zoning. The city will be paying utilities and maintenance of the building. The building will be leased for $1 per year, revocable on 30 days notice. He stated concern for recreation and lack of services for seniors by noting that the city ended the trolley service and moved the Senior Center to a Western area.
The City Attorney noted that the city already has other city-owned parcels with improper zoning and the proposed center is no different.
It appears as though the pro-center commissioners were going to try ignore the zoning problem but could not. After approving the lease with an amendment to restrict the hall to Lake Worth residents the commission voted to initiate the rezoning process. Despite all of the previous work done, the Commission was unaware that changing the zoning from PROS to P would require the city the bring the old building up to code for accessibility, fire and egress, a potentially huge expense. Mayor Clemens stated he would vote against the center later if the cost were exorbitant.
Personal Comments from FLIMEN VP Caulkett:
September 3, 2008
Please Attend the Showdown in Lake Worth Tuesday Evening
The City of Lake Worth Commission meeting on September 2, 2008 will be a hot meeting. The pro-illegals side is expected to bring in lots of supporters for the proposed Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall and the room is small so please arrive by 5:30 PM. A few signs would be good.
Naturally, this fiasco has a lot more dirt to it (relevant links below):
LakeWorthMedia.com Forum and Poll:
September 1, 2008
Help Stop Florida's Fourth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall,
in Lake Worth
Illegal alien hiring halls are opening in Florida at an alarming rate. Two taxpayer-supported illegal aliens hiring halls in Florida are in Jupiter and Miami-Dade. The third is in Loxahatchee Groves where they enabled a hall but did not provide a facility. Your help is desperately needed to stop the proposed Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall.
The City of Lake Worth is expected to vote on a lease with The Mentoring Center, Inc. next Tuesday. A previous vote was a 3-2 in favor as explained at http://www.flimen.org/LakeWorthIllegalAlienHiringHall.htm.
FLIMEN is focusing on a lease clause to mandate that the lessee utilize E-Verify, a successful federal program where a person’s eligibility to work is validated. FLIMEN has agreed to support the 'Resource Center' if the lease mandates E-Verify with an independent audit. FLIMEN has sent letters to Mayor Clemens, four Lake Worth Commissioners, City Attorney and City Manager. Our hope is to change the vote of Mayor Clemens.
August 28, 2008
FLIMEN report on the proposed Lake Worth January 15, 2008 City Commission meeting:
Citizens are demanding enforcement of immigration laws. Our democratic value of the rule of law deserves nothing less. The proposed Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall must not start up.
You are requested to bombard the Lake Worth Commissioners with emails and phone calls to let them know that this will not be tolerated. Call, write, e-mail, fax, or visit:
Mayor Jeff Clemens:Phone: 561-586-1730
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgVice-Mayor Retha Lowe:Phone: 561-586-7276
Commissioner Cara Jennings:
E-mail: email@example.comCommissioner Jo-Ann Golden:Phone: 561-586-1730
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommissioner Dave Vespo:Phone: 561-586-1730
E-mail: email@example.comMailing Location:
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Agenda items from January 15, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting:
http://www.lakeworth.org/vertical/Sites/%7B5E6FE119-0228-4C9B-B2DB-067168049C16%7D/uploads/%7B6532A20C-34B0-4CD2-881C-D5872E1B460D%7D.PDF (Expired link)
http://www.lakeworth.org/vertical/Sites/%7B5E6FE119-0228-4C9B-B2DB-067168049C16%7D/uploads/%7B2FCE9D50-650F-4855-9468-F0AC8E6FDBD1%7D.PDF: (Expired link)
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/01/16/s2b_lwmeet_0116.html (Expired link):
Lake Worth to pursue labor center, despite objections
By KATHLEEN CHAPMAN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
LAKE WORTH — City leaders repeated their support for a day labor center Tuesday, over the objections of those who said it will encourage illegal immigration.
Commissioners voted 3-2 to begin negotiating a lease for the community building next to the municipal shuffleboard courts on Lucerne Avenue. Commissioners Retha Lowe and Dave Vespo support a center, but wanted the city to consider other locations.
The Mentoring Center Inc. and the Farmworker Coordinating Council have expressed interest in running the resource center, which would match laborers with employers and offer services such as job training and legal advice.
Shuffleboard games could continue at the center, and seniors would share the space with laborers.
More than a dozen speakers, including local residents and leaders of advocacy groups, asked city leaders to reconsider. Many said that municipalities have a responsibility not to violate state and federal immigration laws.
James Avera, a fifth-generation resident of Lake Worth, said the city has a duty to its citizens, not those who are here illegally. Avera said he has to follow all the laws and could even be fined by the city if he puts the trash out too soon.
"People who violate immigration laws and sit waiting for work should be arrested, fingerprinted and sent back to wherever the hell they came from," Avera said.
Others opposed to the location said it was zoned as a park and open space. Some also said they did not want the labor center on one of the main gateways to downtown.
Heads of advocacy groups that oppose illegal immigration asked the commission not to help people violate state and federal laws by hiring workers. Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, they said, as American construction workers can no longer afford to support their families.
Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens said the example of a labor center is a practical solution that has worked well in other cities.
"I don't live in a fantasyland where we can have our local police enforcing federal laws," Clemens said.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Picture of a day laborer at the proposed Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall.