Herndon Considers Banning Immigrants From Day Labor Center

August 4, 2007

Officials in Herndon are considering closing the town's day labor center or forbidding illegal immigrants to look for work there.

Herndon's day-laborer center is one of a few in the D.C. area. The town council will meet August 14th to decide. It's operated by a religious group that doesn't check the laborers' legal status. But the town is looking for an operator that will make those checks.

Activists held a rally Friday night to support the center.

Officials in neighboring Loudoun County say they might open a center of their own if the one in Herndon changes. County supervisors say it might be a way to protect the county from legal challenges to its efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants by giving workers an alternative place to gather.

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