From the Daily News:
Beginning next month, day laborers will be eligible for job training and social service programs in three Queens neighborhoods under a new $1.2 million initiative paid for with federal stimulus dollars.
But advocates say they won't be satisfied with anything less than full-fledged immigration centers.
"The city is doing a great job trying to create these kinds of services for our community," said Ligia Guallpa of the Latin American Workers Project, a Jackson Heights-based nonprofit. But, she added, "the city needs to consider creating real, sustainable job centers."
The new services will be available for low-wage immigrants in Jackson Heights, Woodside and Flushing starting on Jan. 4. The city Department of Youth and Community Development also will launch two similar programs in Brooklyn and one on Staten Island.
But Guallpa said she would rather see the city invest in permanent job centers that can educate and train workers and advocate on behalf of them. She is worried about what will happen to the initiative when the stimulus money runs out in September.
Day laborers routinely contend with intimidation from local residents, merchants and police, she said. And with the poor economy, there's less work for the immigrants, who often get stiffed on their pay, she added.
The lunatics are now officially running the asylum, folks. With unemployment for Americans being what it is, this misuse of federal stimulus money is simply astounding.
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