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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

CASA widens its legal reach

(Posted December 27, 2005)
"CASA widens its legal reach"
Times, December 27, 2005 (by Keyonna Summers, The Washington Times)
CASA of Maryland, the largest and most visible immigrant advocacy group in the state, . . . filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 35 day laborers seeking nearly $300,000 in unpaid wages and damages from MFC General Contractors of Maryland for cleanup work performed after Hurricane Katrina.
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CASA receives no direct federal money, but uses grants and taxpayer money from Montgomery and Prince George's counties to run the day-laborer centers in Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton.

The group expects to open a center in Langley Park to replace the temporary site in Takoma Park. . . . CASA has mounted opposition to a bill by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, that could close day-laborer centers because the nonprofit groups running them would have to check the legal status of clients.

Several Maryland lawmakers have opposed local issues for which CASA has campaigned, including using taxpayer money to fund day-laborer centers and issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

"Their organization does not recognize the federal law," Delegate Pat McDonough, Baltimore County Republican, said last month in response to CASA's lawsuit against the MVA. "What CASA is doing flies in the face of the Real ID Act and creates potential harm for the citizens of Maryland."

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, a Democrat, said he supports the day-laborer centers because they prevent loitering problems. . . .
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