The protesters, who typically set up in front of the Glendale or Burbank day labor centers once or twice a weekend, have an effect on business, said day laborer Victor Romero. "When they see employers coming they stop them and they scare them away," Romero said. "They are only here for a little while, but while they are here they drive away a lot of people. If they were here all day we wouldn't have any work. "We just want them to at least stay outside the fence and leave us alone," he added.
The protesters have no right to actually enter the day labor center and disrupt business, said Glendale City Atty. Scott Howard.
But the fact that the Glendale property is owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and leased by the city complicates the enforcement of trespassing laws, he said, and he acknowledged that there are issues of the protesters' free speech rights that must be considered.