A group of American Day Laborers went to discuss a recent day laborer "teach in" with the head of the Orange County ACLU Hector Villagra. Unfortunately, unlike the illegal alien day laborers, the ACLU threatened to call the police on these American "day laborers". Meanwhile the ACLU continues to demand that private business owners just deal with the day laborers that hang out and interrupt their business.
The ACLU's "teach in" for the day laborers on the street was to inform them that they don't have to talk to police. Day laborers, code word for illegal aliens, actually had the gall to file a lawsuit - with the ACLU's help of course - against Lake Forest saying that police cannot disrupt them trying to get work and that the workers can remain silent when questioned by even federal agents.
Here is the story on the American "day laborers" straight from Robin Hvidston of the Minuteman Project
February 26, 2008 ORANGE, CA
Last week, the ACLU of Orange County organized a day laborer teach-in: Lake Forest, CA.
Hector Villagra, director of the ACLU's Orange County office, told the workers at a "teach-in" session that "they can remain silent like U.S. citizens who are questioned or detained."
After an orientation, eight of us, in worker garb, holding DAY LABORER signs, stationed outside of the ACLU Orange County second floor office. We were on private property, in the hallway, outside of their second floor office, so did not take photos inside of the private building.
Although the ACLU advocates for an open border, their own office door is locked shut - a border-styled fence that is impenetrable. Secured shut. There is a sign on their locked door that reads, KNOCK LOUDLY.
ACLU office has a CLOSED BORDER
We stood in a silent line - against the wall in the hallway, so we did not block hallway traffic - holding our
DAY LABORERsigns. Raymond Herrera knocked loudly. The door opened, and a very surprised woman viewed our silent day laborer line - then slammed the door in our faces.
After we left the building, the woman at the top of the staircase in the photo [ to the right] - who had initially opened the ACLU office door - came outside - we hollered up "WE JUST WANT TO WORK" and she scurried back inside.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
We stood with our DAY LABORER signs and Herrera, after a few moments, knocked again at the ACLU Orange County door. We waited and there was not a response. Surprised office workers walked past us. One man walked past and gave us a thumbs up.
ACLU DIRECTOR ARRIVES
After about 10 minutes of our silent DAY LABORER hallway line up, Hector Villagra, director of the ACLU's Orange County office himself came down the office hallway - observing our day laborer line.
Herrera attempted to engage Hector Villagra in a dialouge, but Villagra quickly entered the office. As we stood in our DAY LABORER hallway line - just as the sign on the ACLU locked door instructs - KNOCK LOUDLY - Herrera knocked on the door. Took a break for a few moments - then would knock again.
PROPERTY MANAGER ARRIVES
After approximately 15 minutes, the property manager arrived.
"You are on private property. You can do this outside but not in here - I will call the police if you don't leave," she told us as she knocked at the ACLU door. We said nothing, just held our signs. Hector Villagra came out briefly to speak to the property manager.
Herrera said to Hector Villagra, "If the police arrive, we will remain silent just as you advised the day laborers in Lake Forest to do." Hector Villagra then shut the door. He did not want to just rely upon the automatic door lock apparently, as we heard a dead bolt lock slam shut on the door.
The property manager repeatedly told us to leave. Following ACLU day laborer advise, we were silent.
PROPERTY MANAGER THREATENS TO CALL THE POLICE
Finally, exasperated, she said to us, "If you don't leave in 10 minutes I will call the police!" She stormed away.
We remained in the hallway. Herrera routinely knocked loudly on the ACLU's door; we held our signs. We chose to vacate the building more than 10 minutes later. Police never arrived.
When we left, we slipped all of our DAY LABORER signs under the ACLU's door.
We held a de-briefing styled meeting in the parking lot. The property manager saw us - the police still did not arrive and we left without incident.