Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall

This page is for historial purposes only because the Lake Worth Illegal Hiring Hall will close on December 31, 2010 as far as being a tax-payer supported facility.

Audio of September 2, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting (from 1:02 to 4:39) (Expired link)

Audio of January 15, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting (from 2:53 to 4:14) (Expired link)

Rezoning and comprehensive land use changes by Wes Blackman

Former Lake Worth Commissioner Cara Jennings
Refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

"I don't agree with what the Pledge says, therefore I don't recite it."

Listen to Cara Jennings say this! (Thanks to (Expired link))


Lease approved 3-2 for Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall in Lake Worth

The following report may be a bit long but please take the time to read this as this report shows the absolute indifference to the rule of law and the scary future we face.  This issue is so much more than just Lake Worth. 

On September 2, 2008 the Lake Worth City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of approving a lease with The Mentoring Center, Inc. to operate a 'Resource Center' in order to clear the streets of job seekers.  Typically, about 80% are illegal aliens.  Voting For, was Mayor Clemens and Commissioners Jennings and Golden.  Voting Against was Commissioners Lowe and Vespo.

The meeting was heated and people greatly overflowed the small chamber room.  The proponents were plentiful, well organized and held up small signs.  Opponents were plentiful, spoke well to the issue and made a good showing.  A special thanks to the Jupiter folks who told their horror stories and to several folks who drove from Florida's West coast. 

During public comments the pro-center side unleashed one of the most despicable name-calling attacks ever witnessed by FLIMEN VP Caulkett.  There was a continuous volley of "Hitler, Germany, racist, xenophobe and anti-immigrant" name-calling toward those who oppose the center.  The Catholic nun from Jupiter El Sol spoke.  A Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) spokesperson stated the center is supported by the PBCC.  The local ACLU (Anti-American Civil Liberties) representative drew loud boos.  The ACLU stated that it would be unconstitutional for Lake Worth to have an anti-solicitation ordinance and not have an alternative means to garner employment.  FLIMEN is investigating this claim.   The children of the ACLU representative, about 8 and 10 years old, spoke of the need to take care of immigrants.  

Someone from West Palm Beach spoke for the need of a center there.  As previously reported by FLIMEN, the City of West Palm Beach (WPB) has already sponsored a meeting to discuss opening a center in WPB.  Activists there should monitor and oppose any anti-solicitation ordinance which is the first step toward opening a center.

There was no response whatsoever from the pro-center side about the illegality of the center.  

After public comments, Lisa Brown, COO of The Mentoring Center, Inc.,  gave a long presentation on the services to be provided.  She indicated that some funding will be provided by Office Depot.  Their partners are PBCC, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Catholic Diocese of Greater Palm Beach and others.  Computers will be donated by the Palm Beach County School District. The list of services was astounding and includes; FCAT preparation, language training, health education, financial literacy, citizenship training, immigration legal services, and computer skills training.  She stated a typical day for a day laborer would be:

6-9 AM                 Jobs
9-12 Noon          Workshops including computer training and literacy
12 Noon - 3 PM Recreation including bridge, art, and shuffleboard
5-7 PM                 Adult Ed

Ms. Brown concluded her presentation by stating the center will make "more productive citizens" so it is clear that their goal is to provide a path to citizenship,  a defacto amnesty.

During commission discussion both Commissioners Lowe and Vespo stated that they did not oppose the concept of a center hall but had serious problems with the lease and location.  Commissioner Lowe complained that the lease was handled "by the committee" and deserved greater discussion.  She complained that the city has given away too many public properties, especially those intended for seniors.  She stated that the center will be duplicating existing services and that this is not the right time in light of the city having not finished the budget and having to cut 47 jobs.    She said she "hears the good things" but is a "doubting Thomas."  Commissioner Lowe noted that many day laborers arrive in Lake Worth on buses from Boynton Beach and Lantana and they would not be eligible to be at the hall.   She further stated that policing of the area "did not work" for the last five years so "this is not the solution." 

Commissioner Vespo brought up the issue of costs and zoning.  The city will be paying utilities and maintenance of the building.   The building will be leased for $1 per year, revocable on 30 days notice. He stated concern for recreation and lack of services for seniors by noting that the city ended the trolley service and moved the Senior Center to a Western area. 

The City Attorney noted that the city already has other city-owned parcels with improper zoning and the proposed center is no different.   

It appears as though the pro-center commissioners were going to try ignore the zoning problem but could not.   After approving the lease with an amendment to restrict the hall to Lake Worth residents the commission voted to initiate the rezoning process.   Despite all of the previous work done, the Commission was unaware that changing the zoning from PROS to P would require the city the bring the old building up to code for accessibility, fire and egress, a potentially huge expense.  Mayor Clemens stated he would vote against the center later if the cost were exorbitant.  

Personal Comments from FLIMEN VP Caulkett:

My three words to describe the meeting are "despicable, frightening and anarchistic."   The name-calling was hateful, the city extremely poorly run in so many ways, and the absolute indifference to our law made the evening one I will never, ever forget. 

Anarchy is defined as "lawlessness brought about by the failure or government" which begs the question "Aren't we now in a state of anarchy?"  Think about it in light of the fact that Commission Jennings proudly proclaims to be an anarchist.  By the way, this time she did seem to recite the pledge which could be because she is seeking re-election. 

After the meeting I chased The Mentoring Inc. COO Lisa Brown to ask who was paying for all of the services of the center.  She disputed the rumor that the center will be applying for any local, state or federal grants, but frankly I do not believe her.  She stated that the services are all "in-kind donations."  Clearly taxpayer funding is being diverted away from citizen services to illegal alien services through at least PBCC and PBC School District funding. 

In light of the severe Lake Worth budget cuts of 47 employees, the secrecy of operation's funding, the decline of  services for senior citizens and diversion of taxpayer's monies, it is unfathomable to me that the center may open. 

Although far along in the process the center is not yet a done deal and can still be stopped but it will take a lot more citizens to fight this.  FLIMEN can help with organization and information but ultimately a massive citizen revolt is needed. 

Dave Caulkett, VP FLIMEN

September 3, 2008


Please Attend the Showdown in Lake Worth Tuesday Evening

The City of Lake Worth Commission meeting on September 2, 2008 will be a hot meeting.  The pro-illegals side is expected to bring in lots of supporters for the proposed Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall and the room is small so please arrive by 5:30 PM.  A few signs would be good. 

It is especially important that Jupiter residents attend to tell their horror stories about the Jupiter Illegal Alien Hiring Hall (El Sol). 

Naturally, this fiasco has a lot more dirt to it (relevant links below):

  • The City has tried to avoid the normal process and cram the center down the throat of citizens via a Consent Agenda.
  • The City will be violating their own zoning restrictions as it is expected that they plan to dismiss those rules.
  • The Mentoring Center Inc. reportedly will be applying for a federal grant so taxpayers may be paying for the operation.

Please attend the next Lake Worth Commission meeting on Tuesday September 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM at:

City of Lake Worth
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Because the blatant illegal enabling of illegal alien hiring halls affects all Americans, everyone is invited and encouraged to bring as many warm bodies as possible.  Arrive early and fill out a Public Comment Form to speak. Forum and Poll: 

Should LW provide/support an illegal employment site for illegal immigrants?


Picture of the proposed Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall.

5. We have no mechanism in place to insure that laborers, or anyone else served by the center will be Lake Worth Residents. Even El Sol has that requirement for their center.

6. The Mentoring Center is planning on applying for a federal grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services sometime in September. There is no funding in place at the moment for this.

Big Item - Little Notice - Again! DAY LABOR CENTER:

If nothing else, Commissioner Jennings has mastered the art of obfuscation - the ability to hide controversial items - buried in the Consent portion of the agenda and with no discernible obvious mention of what actually is being allowed there through this lease. "Resource Center" is much more of a politically palatable combination of words than "DAY LABOR CENTER" I guess making issues difficult to be aware of and to discuss is o.k. if she wants something controversial passed - you won't hear any mention of workshops or special meetings or things "moving too fast" this time. No, she'll present this as if it's ready to go, all the Commission needs to do is approve the consent agenda.

"The following gets a little complicated but the key point you have to remember is that the current future land use designation and zoning district do not allow DAY LABOR CENTERs. A change to the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning designation need to be made to allow DAY LABOR CENTERs. There are two ways to do that - but none are currently proposed.

I am also very disappointed in Commissioner Jennings as she is supposedly a big advocate of public involvement in decision making. Where has the public input been utilized in this decision? THIS WAS PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA!

Is it o.k. that the City violate its own Comprehensive Plan and zoning laws?

 Lake Worth day labor vote moved to Sept. 2

September 1, 2008


Help Stop Florida's Fourth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall, in Lake Worth
AKA "Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall"

Illegal alien hiring halls are opening in Florida at an alarming rate.  Two taxpayer-supported illegal aliens hiring halls in Florida are in Jupiter and Miami-Dade.  The third is in Loxahatchee Groves where they enabled a hall but did not provide a facility.  Your help is desperately needed to stop the proposed Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall.

The City of Lake Worth is expected to vote on a lease with The Mentoring Center, Inc. next Tuesday.  A previous vote was  a 3-2 in favor as explained at

FLIMEN is focusing on a lease clause to mandate that the lessee utilize E-Verify, a successful federal program where a person’s eligibility to work is validated.  FLIMEN has agreed to support the 'Resource Center' if the lease mandates E-Verify with an independent audit.   FLIMEN has sent letters to Mayor Clemens, four Lake Worth Commissioners, City Attorney and City Manager.   Our hope is to change the vote of Mayor Clemens.


    1. Please attend the next Lake Worth Commission meeting on Tuesday September 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM at:

      City of Lake Worth
      7 North Dixie Hwy.
      Lake Worth, FL 33460

      Because the blatant illegal enabling of illegal alien hiring halls affects all Americans, everyone is invited and encouraged to bring as many warm bodies as possible.  Arrive early and fill out a Public Comment Form to speak.  If the agenda date is changed from the expected September 2nd date you will be notified via e-mail but you can also confirm the date at or the City of Lake Worth web site.


    2. Please join the effort to Recall Mayor Jeff Clemens at


    3. You are requested to bombard the Lake Worth Commissioners with emails and phone calls to let them know that this will not be tolerated. Call, write, e-mail, fax, or visit:

      Mayor Jeff Clemens (For):
      Phone: 561-586-1730
      Cell: 561-215-0306
      Fax: 561-586-1798
      Vice-Mayor Retha Lowe (Against):
      Phone: 561-586-7276
      Fax: 561-586-1798

      Commissioner  (Self-proclaimed Anarchist who refuses to recite the Pledge, For) Cara Jennings:

      Phone: 561-586-1730
      Fax: 561-586-1798

      Commissioner Jo-Ann Golden (For):
      Phone: 561-586-1730
      Fax: 561-586-1798
      Commissioner Dave Vespo (Against):
      Phone: 561-586-1730
      Fax: 561-586-1798
      Mailing Location:

      7 North Dixie Hwy.
      Lake Worth, FL 33460






Illegal Immigration: Lake Worth’s Death Knell?

Small Town Show Down Over Immigration

August 28, 2008

If the Jupiter and Loxahatchee Groves illegal alien hiring halls aren't bad enough, Lake Worth, Florida City Commission voted on January 15, 2008 to proceed with negotiations to officially sanction an illegal alien hiring hall.  No opening date has yet been set.  Clearly the city will be officially sanctioning the hall which will be located on the city's shuffleboard court.

FLIMEN report on the proposed Lake Worth January 15, 2008 City Commission meeting:

Thanks to the many people who attended the Lake Worth Commission meeting on January 15, 2008 to oppose the proposed Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall!  Before the hearing on the proposed center we had to endure three hours of many citizen complaints, discussion on lawsuits, discussion on terrible accounting practices, and other symptoms of a troubled city, headed by what many call an atrocious, arrogant city commission.  

About nineteen people including FLIMEN VP Caulkett spoke against the proposed center.  Only two spoke for it.  Jack Oliver, FLIMEN Political Chair spoke on behalf of BridgesAcrossAmerica.  It was made clear that the center is a federal felony and Florida misdemeanor. 

Commission Jennings, the main promoter of the center, blew off all arguments as not true.  The Commission then voted 3-2 to proceed with lease negotiations.  Voting For were Mayor Jeff Clemens and Commissioners Cara Jennings and Jo-Ann Golden.  Commissioners Dave Vespo and Retha Lowe voted Against the motion but only because they don't like the shuffleboard courts location which is in the town center. 

The City Manager called it a "hypocrisy" as the zoning does not allow such an operation in that area and he pointed out that commercial employment centers would be prohibited.  Of course, rules are of no concern to the commissioners as they said they will deal with that later.

Citizens are demanding enforcement of immigration laws.  Our democratic value of the rule of law deserves nothing less.  The proposed Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall must not start up.

You are requested to bombard the Lake Worth Commissioners with emails and phone calls to let them know that this will not be tolerated. Call, write, e-mail, fax, or visit:


Mayor Jeff Clemens:
Phone: 561-586-1730
Fax: 561-586-1798
Vice-Mayor Retha Lowe:
Phone: 561-586-7276
Fax: 561-586-1798

Commissioner Cara Jennings:

Phone: 561-586-1730
Fax: 561-586-1798

Commissioner Jo-Ann Golden:
Phone: 561-586-1730
Fax: 561-586-1798
Commissioner Dave Vespo:
Phone: 561-586-1730
Fax: 561-586-1798
Mailing Location:

7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth, FL 33460


Agenda items from January 15, 2008 Lake Worth City Commission Meeting: (Expired link) (Expired link)

Newspaper Article: (Expired link):

Lake Worth to pursue labor center, despite objections


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

LAKE WORTH — City leaders repeated their support for a day labor center Tuesday, over the objections of those who said it will encourage illegal immigration.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to begin negotiating a lease for the community building next to the municipal shuffleboard courts on Lucerne Avenue. Commissioners Retha Lowe and Dave Vespo support a center, but wanted the city to consider other locations.

The Mentoring Center Inc. and the Farmworker Coordinating Council have expressed interest in running the resource center, which would match laborers with employers and offer services such as job training and legal advice.

Shuffleboard games could continue at the center, and seniors would share the space with laborers.

More than a dozen speakers, including local residents and leaders of advocacy groups, asked city leaders to reconsider. Many said that municipalities have a responsibility not to violate state and federal immigration laws.

James Avera, a fifth-generation resident of Lake Worth, said the city has a duty to its citizens, not those who are here illegally. Avera said he has to follow all the laws and could even be fined by the city if he puts the trash out too soon.

"People who violate immigration laws and sit waiting for work should be arrested, fingerprinted and sent back to wherever the hell they came from," Avera said.

Others opposed to the location said it was zoned as a park and open space. Some also said they did not want the labor center on one of the main gateways to downtown.

Heads of advocacy groups that oppose illegal immigration asked the commission not to help people violate state and federal laws by hiring workers. Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, they said, as American construction workers can no longer afford to support their families.

Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens said the example of a labor center is a practical solution that has worked well in other cities.

"I don't live in a fantasyland where we can have our local police enforcing federal laws," Clemens said.


Picture of a day laborer at the proposed Jeff Clemens Illegal Alien Hiring Hall.