Proposal Targets Day Laborers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hiring day laborers might require a city permit under a proposal being considered by Las Vegas city officials.

Mayor Oscar Goodman says the aim would be to cut down on the number of people lingering on corners and congregating outside businesses trying to get hired.

City officials say the proposal is still in the early stages.

They say also that they're trying to protect workers -- who they say are sometimes robbed or end up not getting paid.

Most day laborers are Hispanic men -- and initial reaction from some advocates is that the idea won't work.

An immigration lawyer says only a small and vocal minority of people see day laborers as a problem.

But the head of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas conceded there is a problem with workers being preyed upon.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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