JULY 05, 2007
Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae brief with the New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County in support of concerned residents of the Town of Southampton and the Village of Southampton opposed to the Village’s plan to use public funds to operate a day labor site for illegal aliens. Judicial Watch contends the Village of Southampton’s proposal for a taxpayer-funded day labor site violates federal and state law.
According to Judicial Watch’s brief: “By creating and operating a taxpayer-funded marketplace for the employment of illegal aliens, the Village will become complicit in illegal activity. It also will encourage and induce illegal aliens to remain in the United States by making it easier for them to obtain employment and will aid and abet unlawful hiring. Such conduct violates both the letter and spirit of federal law. It should not be countenanced by the Court.”
Moreover, the Village of Southampton plans to use land for the day labor site that was purchased with monies from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF), a public fund regulated by a detailed statutory scheme authorizing only a narrow range of uses for property. Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the Village to determine whether or not officials abided by state laws governing the use of the land. The Village claimed it had not a single document responsive to Judicial Watch’s request.
“The Village apparently failed to undertake even the most basic analysis of whether its proposed use of the protected land at issue is consistent with the requirements of the statute,” Judicial Watch argued in its brief. “Logic and commons sense would appear to indicate that the use of CPF land as a hiring site for day laborers is inconsistent with the requirements governing the use of land purchased with CPF monies.”