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New York Times News Brief
October 16, 2000


Just before dusk yesterday, a crowd waving a multinational sea of flags gathered outside a Suffolk County office building here to urge county leaders and other officials to address the problems faced by day laborers, most of whom are immigrants from Mexico and Central America. About 3,000 people attended the rally, the police said. Organized by the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and Paul J. Tonna, the presiding officer of the Suffolk Legislature, the candlelight rally came a month after an attack on two day laborers in Farmingville, and the day after a town hall meeting in Centereach, where 200 Suffolk residents demanded tougher enforcement of immigration laws.   

Shaila K. Dewan (NYT)