California Lawmakers Protect Undocumented Workers From ICE Raids

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblyman David Chiu, a Democrat from San Francisco are providing clarity to a bill authored by them that seeks to further protect employers from federal immigration raids. The two lawmakers explain that HB 450 is necessary to offset the Trump administration’s desire for increased deportations and adherence to the bill will not cause employers to be in violation of federal laws and policies.

The explanations from lawmakers come at a time when nervousness is high due to approximately 80 business located in Northern California receiving letters from government authorities warning of immigration audits.

Becerra, speaking at a news conference stressed that the bill protects the privacy and Constitutional rights of California citizens while in the workplace.

Many business owners in the state feel that they are caught in the middle of a power struggle between the Trump administration and leading lawmakers for California. Lawmakers have promised that they will protect the rights of over 2 million undocumented workers that are said to be present in the state. Many business owners said they did not understand exactly what the new state requirements meant for them.

Becerra and Chiu have worked tirelessly to educate employers on the matter. The two men have taken questions from businesses located in every part of the state as well as reached out to trade associations and business groups that could help with getting the word out about HB 450. Bacerra’s office also had plans to produce a statewide advisory that would contain added instruction.

HB 450 instructs employers that they are not allowed to allow agents of federal immigration organizations on a business property unless possessing a judicial warrant. A second stipulation is that business owners in the state must provide public notice to employees within 72 hours of immigration officials inspecting records of employees.

Businesses that choose not to notify employees of these inspections face penalties of up to $5000 for a first offense and $10,000 for all subsequent offenses.

Chiu has stated that the new law is intended to prevent employers from aiding federal authorities with unlawful immigration raids of workplaces in the state. Chiu also expressed the importance of employers understand their rights as well as their responsibility to protect endangered workers as well as the economy of California. Chiu finished by saying that his point holds true regardless of the industry in which endangered workers are employed.



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