Day Laborers: Not Welcome in Marietta

I didn’t know this.

From Marietta to Lawrenceville, many metro Atlanta officials have, in fits and starts, tried to rein in day laborers in response to howls from homeowners and businesses. Most recently, Cobb County last month backed off plans to outlaw picking up day laborers or seeking temporary employment on county streets, sidewalks and parking lots.

But for eight years, Marietta has been quietly enforcing the same law, targeting the people who hire day laborers. City police have handed out tickets to builders, landscapers and even homeowners seeking help with lawn work. Their reasons for hiring the day laborers vary, but their actions continue to fuel debate on the issue of illegal immigration. That’s because, correctly or not, many presume the majority of day laborers are illegal immigrants.

Chalfant is among about 80 people whom Marietta police have ticketed in the past four years, records show. Some of those who received citations said they were unaware of the law.

But Chalfant should have known better

5 comments

  1. Federalist says:

    Day-Laborers made Home Depot one of the greatest places to shop for home improvement/repair. They made Home Depot a one-stop shop…you could buy the raw materials and pick-up the skilled labor to do the work for you. I do not know how to dry wall or really any of that stuff, not to mention I hate doing it…but paying some day laborers (which by the way are not all undocumented immigrants) beats the hell out of paying the rates the contractors charge.

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    I’m not sure if it made Home Depot all that great of a place to shop.

    Whenever leaving the old Sydney Marcus store and driving through the crowd of hundreds of day laborers you always had to drive just fast enough as not to stop, but slow enough as not to hurt anyone. It felt a little bit similar to what it must have been like as a helicopter pilot during the fall of Saigon.

  3. jsm says:

    Glad you feel comfortable bringing those day laborers to your house, Fed. I’m not carrying someone I just met with no references into my house for a day.

    Those guys typically work for contractors–not private homeowners.

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