1 J. on Migration & Hum. Sec. 1 (2013)

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       Journal on Migration
       and Human Security

Facing Immigration Fears: A

Constructive Local Approach

to Day Labor, Community, and


Sandra Lazo de la Vega
University of Florida

Timothy Steigenga
Florida Atlantic University

   Executive Summary
   As one of the most visible and vulnerable manifestations of the presence
   of Latino immigrants in new destination communities across the United
   States, day laborers have become a locus of conffict over the past fifteen
   years for local policy makers, advocacy organizations, and neighborhood
   residents. Communities have dealt with day labor in drastically different
   ways. Some have passed harsh anti-immigrant ordinances, hoping that
   a hostile environment will encourage immigrants to leave. Restrictionist
   state and local legislation, however, has proven costly to enforce, has
   been challenged in court, and has hindered immigrant integration. Other
   communities have gone against the restrictionist tide. This paper argues
   that organized day labor centers, such as the El Sol Resource Center in
   Jupiter, Florida, address many of the fundamental fears that polarize local
   policymaking and the national immigration reform debate. In Jupiter,
   El Sol has not only eliminated a controversial open-air labor market by
   bringing the process into a formal and organized structure, it has also
   provided access to English and civics classes, preventive health screenings
   and legal services in cases of wage theft. Furthermore, through El Sol the
   Town of Jupiter has opened a two-way process of immigrant integration.
   Jupiter's day laborers are no longer hiding in the shadows, but rather are
   engaging in active citizenship and working with native-born community
   volunteers to run the center.

1 Portions of this article are redacted from Lazo de la Vega, Sandra and Timothy J. Steigenga. 2013. Against
the Tide: Immigrants, Day Laborers, and Community in Jupiter, Florida. Madison, WI: University of
Wisconsin Press.
          2013 by the Center for Migration Studies of New York. All rights reserved.

JMHS Volume 1 Number 1 (2013): 1-16

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