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Day labor ordinance wins over former critic



An immigrants' rights activist who initially condemned the City of Vista's new day labor ordinance has changed her tune. Tina Jillings says the ordinance actually benefits workers. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

The measure requires employers who hire day laborers in Vista to register with the city. Employers must provide their name and address and get a registration placard for their windshield. They must also provide workers with the terms of the job in writing.

Last month, immigrants' rights activist Tina Jillings said the ordinance was racist and aimed at driving day laborers out of Vista. Jillings now believes it sends the opposite message.

Jillings: "It's sending a clear message that these men do have a right to request work there at that corner and they are sanctioning getting people hired there, illegal or not."

Jillings says she'll hire workers for employers who need them but don't want to register with the city.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the ACLU say the ordinance is unconstitutional and have sued the city. Amy Isackson, KPBS news.

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