Attorney General Xavier Becerra says CA employers will be prosecuted if they assist ICE officers
SACRAMENTO (KUSI) — Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a warning Thursday to California’s employers saying they would be prosecuted if they help federal immigration officers find illegal immigrants.
During a press conference, Becerra outlined legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if employers assist federal immigration officers during raids.
“It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know – more specifically today, employers – that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”
According to the Sacramento Bee, Beccera said the state Department of Justice and the state Labor Commissioner’s Office will issue a formal guide to all California employers regarding the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act,” which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.
The act aims to prevent all workers, regardless of their immigration status, from being detained while at work.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the bill — authored by San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu — outlines the following:
- It requires employers to ask immigration agents for a warrant before granting access to a worksite.
- It prevents employers from voluntarily sharing confidential employee information without a subpoena.
- It requires employers to notify their workers before a federal audit of employee records.
- It gives the attorney general and labor commissioner exclusive authority to enforce new provisions of state labor laws.
- It prohibits employers from re-verifying information on employment verification forms unless compelled to by federal law.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director Thomas Homan told a Fox News host earlier this month that “California better hold on tight … If the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”