“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,” [California] state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”
An interesting state’s rights case emerges in California. The state says that their immigration laws trump federal laws. A new California law makes it illegal to detain employees at work, regardless of their immigration status.
But unfortunately, it seems business owners might be caught in the crossfire. What will happen if immigration agents come to a workplace demanding information? That is a scary situation to be caught in.
ICE director Thomas Homan recently told Fox News that the agency will significantly increase enforcement across the state and warned California to “hold on tight.” And a report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week said ICE is planning raids targeting Northern California cities, with the goal of arresting more than 1,500 immigrants.
But California residents claim they won’t stand for the raids.
Advocates say they’re prepared for the crackdowns, with hundreds of volunteers training to act as “first responders” at homes and workplaces where the raids are expected to take place.
Residents say they are simply trying to enforce due process. Without a warrant they say, no one should be detained or arrested.
California continues to insist on independence. These events could even affect the referendum that could be on the 2018 ballot asking citizens if California should secede from the U.S.
With such fundamental differences between how Californians want to run state immigration policy, versus the federal policy, perhaps parting ways would be the most peaceful arrangement.