Business owners in California need to pay attention. A new state law intended to protect illegal immigrants conflicts with federal law, leaving business owners at risk of incurring thousands of dollars in regulatory fines simply for complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Give me the details:
- The California Immigrant Worker Protection Act went into effect on Jan. 1.
- The law requires employers to demand a warrant or subpoena from ICE agents who are asking for workers’ information.
- California employers could pay as much as $10,000 in fines if they comply with ICE agents and break state law.
- Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned employers, ““Be aware of this new law because ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
State vs. feds?
On today’s show, Doc and Kal talked about this story and the position California is putting business owners into by telling them not to follow federal law. Immigration into America should fall under federal jurisdiction, not state law.
“How does it make sense that each state would have its own immigration policy about people coming into our country?” Doc asked.